Six graduate Emergency Medical Dispatchers programme
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) is now equipped with six fully trained Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD).
Those who recently graduated from the training programme are Desiree Edwards, Melissa Roberts, Kibibi Hopkinson, Simone December, Corrine Patrick and Faye Williams.
The training targeted areas such as Legal and Ethical Issues, Telecommunications, Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body, Introduction to Vital Signs, Basic First Aid (BLS), Pregnancy and Child Birth, Geriatric patients, Mass Casualty Incidents and Documentation.
The instructors included Dr. Daniel Batsie, Education Co-ordinator, Atlantic Partners, EMS Bangor, Maine, Mr. Joe Kellner, Bro. Owen John, Assistant Director, Nursing Services (GPHC) and Staff Nurse Ron Morris among others.
This is the first batch of Emergency Medical Dispatchers. However, the training of these EMDs fall under a wider programme- the Emergency Medical Responders training programme.
This was being conducted by an overseas-based body named GEMINI, a Global Emergency Medical Initiative aimed at teaching and training persons in emergency medicine in the most simplified way.
Over 30 Emergency Medical Responders from GPHC have been trained thus far. Ten of those, including the aforementioned Staff Nurse Morris, have been trained and certified as facilitators to execute training of Emergency Medical Responders.
Other terms used to denote these healthcare providers of emergency medical services, include ambulance driver, ambulance orderly, ambulance attendant and ambulance man or woman.
The precise meaning of the term varies by jurisdiction, but in many countries EMTs respond to emergency calls, perform certain medical procedures, and transport patients to hospital in accordance with protocols and guidelines established by physicians or medical directors.
They may work in an ambulance service (paid or voluntary), as a member of technical rescue teams/squads, or as part of an allied service such as a fire or police department. EMTs are trained to assess a patient’s condition, and to perform emergency medical procedures as needed to maintain a patent’s airway with adequate breathing and cardiovascular circulation until the patient can be transferred to an appropriate destination for advanced medical care.
Interventions include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, controlling severe external bleeding, preventing shock, body immobilization to prevent spinal damage, and splinting of bone fractures