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View Diary: Mesa Az. Fire Department taking medical first response to a new level (22 comments)

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  •  "Forward looking departments..." (0+ / 0-)

    Considering a model that LA County FD was using in 1972?

    "(think of the old television show Emergency! with Squad 51)"

    "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    by craiger on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 03:14:42 PM PST

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    •  The difference is (4+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob, 207wickedgood, craiger, kurt

      this unit can do more and prevent excessive transports to the hospital and this costs the patient, the hospital, and the community (via taxes used to cover firefighter pay and equipment wear and tear, plus more units available for other responses) less .

      The LA County experiment was  the first to use paramedics and they were severally restricted in what they could do, basically having to contact the hospital before ANY action was taken using medications or defibrillation of a heart attack patient.  

      Now there are protocols in place that allow the paramedic on scene to do many advanced procedures using their judgement.

      Now you can do minor stitching, give and PRESCRIBE medications, and other procedures that would require the patient to either be transported (by ambulance or personal vehicle) to a hospital or go to an "urgent" care site.  

      This unit is like bringing the skills and procedures to the patient versus the other way around.

      Two quotes I wish to live by "Strength and Honor" (Gladiator) and "Do or Do Not, There is no Try" (SW-ESB).

      by SQD35R on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 03:26:03 PM PST

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