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Medical Monday 1.20.14: Critical Care Transport Training

| January 22, 2014


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Changing technology has changed the healthcare field, including emergency response. EMT’s, nurses and paramedics need to know how to use the latest technology that can help save lives in critical care situations. A certification program is helping to provide that knowledge through an intense two week training. Emergency healthcare responders are learning the basics of how to properly operate this INTRIATIVE BALLOON PUMP, a brand new system that’s being used by critical care units around Maine. New technology like this has become more common. Its not the wave of the future…its happening RIGHT NOW. And EMT’s need to know how to use it to save lives. Scott Michaud is the coordinator of the Critical Care Emergency Transport Program and says “They’re learning all kinds of cardiac machines, ventilators different medications you would see on these transports that you wouldn’t see on regular transport.”

“Healthcare technology changes about as rapidly as computer software does and if people can stay abreast of these changes you can always practice contemporary medicine that’s based on current literature and current modalities,” says Joshua Dickson, the training instructor. About 20 EMT’s, nurses, paramedics and ambulance workers are taking this Critical Care Emergency Transport certification program. It’s a two week, 100 hour course that will qualify these emergency responders to treat patients in long distance critical care scenarios. Bud Clark is a medic from Arizona who is participating in the workshop and says “For me as a medic, I don’t work in a hospital on a regular basis and so exposes that medic to a lot of things that you’re gonna be able to get when you get to that facility that you’re gonna transfer from and so things like lab values and stuff that we can’t usually grab in the field, now we’re gonna be able get them when we’re at the facility.” Program participants have learned a lot in the past two weeks including technology trends they can take back to their communities and use on the job. One of the newest on the horizon in Maine, something called ECHO therapy. “Which is a machine that pulls blood out of the body and oxygenates it and puts it back in the body and its really the sharp end of the stick as far as critical care medicine is concerned,” adds Dickson.

Michaud says “This is above and beyond the regular RN or the regular paramedic this is extensive training beyond that so this gives them the skillset to really perform these duties and do these transports.”

Northern Maine Community College played host for the program.The 20 participants completed the course and were awarded their certifications last Friday.

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