BOUNTIFUL—When faced with an emergency and EMTs or paramedics are called out they have to be at the top of their game – lives could be at stake. Staff at Lakeview Hospital trains many of those men and women who respond during a crisis.
“We work with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, South Davis Metro Fire and Layton paramedics,” said Tami Timothy, Specialty Service Director and EMS liaison for Lakeview Hospital. “We teach the required certification courses and allow paramedics to go into the OR (operating room) to practice intubation. We provide a variety of training and education on how to recognize strokes, etc. We also put a course together when they ask us.”
The partnership has been going on for close to 30 years. “We’ve done burn, trauma and sepsis training with Layton,” she said. “We’ve started a monthly program on Tuesdays to help with continuing education hours for the paramedic or EMT program. A different doctor gives a lecture each time. They (departments) feed us topics and we put together a survey of topics they want education on.”
Timothy said EMTs do different things than paramedics. “There are different levels of EMT training,” she said. “They can do a few basic things but paramedics can intubate and dispense all drugs allowed by the state. They can understand and read EKGs and do a lot more procedures. It’s just a difference in education and what they’re trained to do.”
The agencies and Lakeview get together periodically to hold exercises and drills, said Timothy, who also oversees emergency preparedness and the trauma and stroke programs for the hospital.
“We hold those with our providers, police, paramedics, SWAT and ER staff,” she said. “We also do drills on chemicals with the military and local EMS providers. The drills help us and helps them. We partner with them to get to know what we’re capable of and what they’re capable of.”
Timothy said they’re always reaching out to find out what the agencies need. “We’ve been putting together training on NARCAN, which is used for an overdose,” she said. “I’ve been here for 25 years and over the years I’ve seen how valuable for both us and them it can be to give them what they need.”
As the emergency preparedness coordinator Timothy said it helps to know who to reach out to if she needs something. “We want to work with these people as much as we possibly can. It’s an invaluable relationship when we work with our outside partners.”