These new tools allow paramedics to actually view a patient’s vocal cords on a small video screen to effectively insert an advanced airway.
Ten McGraph Mac Video Laryngoscopes will be placed on all of the ambulances for an alternative means to intubate a person when they are not breathing.
These video laryngoscopes were made available through the Healthy Community Initiative Grant, which is funded from monies obtained from the sale of Bradley Memorial Hospital some years ago.
Each year organizations apply for the grants and the selections are made by the HCI Committee. Bradley County EMS was one of the organizations selected to receive these requested items.
During the past few days paramedics and EMT’s have been introduced and trained on how to operate the new scopes.
A representative from Coviden, John Lambert who is a respiratory therapist, was on hand to demonstrate how to operate the new equipment. Each paramedic has to be checked off by the training officers in order to be able to use the new laryngoscopes.
“We are greatly appreciative to the HCI Committee for granting us these new tools that will keep Bradley County EMS on the cutting edge of life saving technology,” said Chief Danny Lawson.