Ark. Firefighters, Paramedics Stay Up-to-date in STEMI Course

Ark. Firefighters, Paramedics Stay Up-to-date in STEMI Course

News Jun 13, 2017

Paramedics and EMTS of the El Dorado Fire Department are taking a class called the STEMI Course to keep up with developments in treatment for elevation myocardial infarction.

Chris Eckhoff, EMT and firefighter for the department, describes STEMI as "Lay terms of finding a heart attack off of a monitor."

Students enrolled in the course are learning strategies that will help them both retrieve information on the patient's status and transport them to hospitals more quickly. 

Eckhoff says, "It goes into depth on some different types of lead set-ups for monitors, and to tell different angles and postures of looking at the heart and taking pictures of it."

Three of the four stations belonging to the El Dorado Fire Department work alongside paramedic units. Paramedics say it's important to acquire the most up-to-date equipment for treating heart problems, because calls for chest pain and heart attacks are very common.

Eckhoff says that time spent in the classroom pays off when you're under high pressure on a call, as the course has helped him better read and analyze a cardiac monitor.

The EMTs and paramedics of the fire department say patients have better chances of survival the quicker they are transported to the hospital. 

"Time is muscle, so the American Heart Association is really pushing that when we get patients that are experiencing chest pain and heart attack to the hospital as quickly as possible so they can get definitive care," says Captain Seth Rainwater.

For more on this, click here.

First responders, physicians, nurses, and dispatch officers practiced their active shooter protocols while the incident commander on scene was thrown curveballs as part of the scenario to test the individual's ability to prioritize actions.
Athanasia “Ethel” Ventura received the $1,000 reward from Platinum, whose goal is to provide students entering the EMS, Nursing, and Allied Health fields with assistance in funding their education.
The exercise featured a 7.0 magnitude earthquake causing a train derailment, which struck a car containing toxic chemicals.
"It's a hard fact that EMS sits in the epicenter of the opioid epidemic," said Rob Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer of Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), at the Pinnacle EMS conference in Boca Raton, Florida.
How should EMS prepare for today's disaster threats?
Over 50 percent of respondents in a 2005 survey by the NAEMT say they have been assaulted by patients but receive little to no training on how to de-escalate violent patient situations.
The teams responded to a drill involving a drug lab at a university where a hazardous situation arose after a bad chemical reaction occurred.
It can be a habit that improves your practice and your life.
Norway joins six other countries by offering a bachelor’s degree in paramedic science.
Christine Uhlhorn, firefighter of 28 years and assistant fire chief, volunteered at a weekend-long camp to train middle school girls in basic firefighting skills to encourage recruitment.
High school students interested in firefighting can obtain hands-on practice with the fire truck and join a fire cadet training program after graduation.
The highly skilled team members practiced drills inside a local school in preparation for a possible active shooter situation.
The drill involving over 200 people put multiple first responder agencies to the test.
The training was based on lessons learned from the Columbine shooting and taught school employees safety and security measures.
The training will be focused on prescribing buprenorphine, the drug used to assist patients in quitting their opiate addiction and relieve withdrawal symptoms.