The Paramedics of Snohomish County Fire District 4 are now equipped with a new technology tool in the effort to save lives. Better yet, this equipment was paid for by donations from the public.
The District has purchased Video Laryngoscopes which will be standard equipment on all of its Medic Units. These are tools that will assist medics in the placement of a breathing tube in more severe patients to allow medical personnel to aid the patient in breathing. This equipment will reduce the risk of a Paramedic incorrectly placing a breathing tube which would not aid the person in breathing, and could potentially harm them.
Medical control physician for the District, Dr. Barrett Adams says that “this is now the typical standard for equipment in pre-hospital emergency medical care.”
The laryngoscopes were purchased at a cost of $1500 each with funds from a special account where the District puts funds received as donations from the public. Similar equipment can cost up to $12,000.
The placement of these tubes in an emergency room setting is usually very controlled with adequate lighting, a repositionable surface for the patient and more than adequate personnel to assist. Paramedics typically do not have ideal surroundings and circumstances to conduct their procedures and these scopes will give them added advantage to assuring adequate care.
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