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Cumberland County EMS introduces the addition of 3 Critical Care Paramedics

It is the pleasure of Director Chris Miller, to congratulate three Paramedics on obtaining their Critical Care Certification.
 
On September 14, 2021, Paramedics Chris Kemmer, Daniel Coleman, and Dragan Ramsey started attending classes at Vanderbilt Medical Center to obtain their certification. This class was coordinated by and overseen by Vanderbilt LifeFlight. For 14 weeks, these Paramedics would drive to Nashville every Tuesday and spend 8-12 hours learning about treating patients at the highest level possible in the field of EMS.
 
During these 12 weeks crews learned how to care for multiple IV drips, ventilator management, how to care for central lines management, PICC Lines, Arterial Lines, Ultrasound Guided IV’s, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump management and operation, along with management of Cardiac Assist Devices. These practitioners also completed clinical rounds in the Vanderbilt ER Trauma Bay, Trauma ICU, Burn ICU, Neurological ICU, Cardiac ICU, and Pediatric Emergency Room. These individuals dedicated well over 100 hours of their and their families time to this training, along with continuing to work their regularly scheduled 24-hour shift. The final class day, Dr. Jeremy Brywczynski, and Dr. Jared McKinney came in and presented to the class giving them scenarios and wrapping up the 14-week class putting everything these practitioners had learned in one big box and making them use the knowledge to possibly treat patients in the future.
 
On December 8th, 2021, they went to Nashville for a final time. This day is the day that they had both prepared for and dreaded. The State of Tennessee EMS consultant arrived at 9:00am and administered the State of Tennessee Critical Care Paramedic test to the class. With the possibility of waiting for two weeks for their test results, Christmas came early, so to say. On Monday December 13th, 2021, these individuals received an email from the testing company that advised them they had passed the exam to earn the certification. These individuals had a big stressor lifted off their shoulders with this news. Throughout the day they learned that their class had a 100% pass rate on the Critical Care Exam.
 
We would like to thank these three individuals for taking the time to attend this certification class and obtaining this licensure. It is individuals like this that continue to make a commitment to our community that makes our agency grow. A big thanks goes out to Vanderbilt LifeFlight for hosting and accepting these individuals into the class and keeping them up to date on modern medicine.
 
For more information please contact Daniel Coleman, Training Officer/PIO at cumberlandemstraining@gmail.com or (931)484-1044.

Cumberland Co. EMS Acquire Four Lifesaving LUCAS Devices

Cumberland County Emergency Management Services is excited to announce the purchase of four LUCAS devices for their EMS crews. These devices were budgeted at $15,000 each for this fiscal year. “As mayor, one of my focuses has been improving Emergency Services in the county. This current years’ approved budget shows the Cumberland County Commission has a similar interest. We are excited to get these purchased and in service,” said Mayor Allen Foster.

A LUCAS device is a lightweight mechanical chest compression device that delivers high quality, guideline-consistent chest compressions for cardiac arrest patients. This device is very helpful in situations such as patient movement, transporting, and prolonged CPR. The LUCAS device not only presses down on the chest, it also pulls up on the chest which pulls blood back into the heart to obtain better blood circulation. The push-pull system allows for a complete recoil of the chest to ensure the blood can build up pressure that is essential to keeping the brain functioning.

According to EMS Director, Chris Miller, “This device will improve our department’s efficiency tremendously. CPR is tiresome work and rescuers trade out every two minutes to off set fatigue and to maintain good compressions. Having this LUCAS device frees up emergency personnel to provide other critical lifesaving procedures.”