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Dr. Paul Bonucci, medical director of the emergency department at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru speaks Tuesday about laboratory tests and values to members of Peru Volunteer Ambulance Service. The session was part of critical care training that paramedics received this week. NewsTribune photo/Jeff Dankert
Peru Volunteer Ambulance Service paramedics are getting trained this week in critical care, which will allow them to transport patients at a higher level of care.
Paramedics trained in critical care can administer and monitor medications and perform lifesaving procedures, and provide the same care the patient received in the hospital, while the ambulance is on the move.
Three of the Peru service’s paramedics already are trained in critical care and eight more are receiving the training this week, said Mark Roberson, emergency medical service chief. The training includes classroom and hands-on sessions.
Rick Conner, shift captain and training officer, is helping with the training.
“When you think of critical care paramedics, think of helicopter transport,” Conner said. “That’s what we’re starting to do on the ground. We can’t do everything a helicopter (crew of paramedics) can do.”
The training allows the service to transport critically ill patients by ground ambulance when helicopter service is not available or feasible, such as during bad weather or if the helicopter has mechanical problems.
The training covers topics such as pharmacology, rapid sequence intubation, chest tube maintenance, intravenous pumps and ventilators. Pharmacology training teaches paramedics the doses, effects and properties of various drugs. Ventilator training will allow patients transported by the service to remain on ventilators, Roberson said.
Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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