National EMS Week, May 16-22, is a time to thank those who provide Emergency Medical Services. This year’s theme is “Caring for Communities” recognizing the vital role EMS plays within Carson City. EMS Week is an opportunity for Carson City Fire Department to demonstrate where EMS is today – and where it’s headed tomorrow.
Nearly 90 percent of emergency calls require medical intervention. The Fire Department’s EMS division provides advanced life support 24-hours a day. All staff are dual-trained Firefighter/Paramedics, Firefighter/EMT, or Firefighter/Advanced EMT, and are well-equipped for any emergency in their jurisdiction and surrounding areas. The EMS division strives to advance with technology and improve efficiency to support the growing need for emergency medical services in Carson City and surrounding jurisdictions.
The EMS division recently purchased and implemented a new life saving piece of equipment for sudden cardiac arrest patients, called AutoPulse. The AutoPulse provides high-quality CPR continuously without interruptions. The AutoPulse measures the chest of a patient and then a band squeezes around the chest and provides uninterrupted CPR, improving blood flow to the heart and brain. A recent study showed the AutoPulse can decrease interruptions in CPR by 85%. With this device, responders can now concentrate on other life saving measures such as breathing and medications for patients. Responders have little to no interruptions in CPR during movement of the patient in homes or stairways, difficult terrains, or transport in a moving ambulance.
Around-the-clock Carson City’s emergency medical responders care for their community, offering compassion to those in critical need. The AutoPulse device is a key element in increasing resilience, Carson City Fire Department is making every additional effort in life-saving practices. During the week-long initiative honoring EMS professionals, community members are encouraged to reach out and thank emergency medical service practitioners for their remarkable service.
YouTube link to Carson City Fire Department’s AutoPulse video – https://youtu.be/b1VyfHosLto