Local rescue squads win awards
The Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad was named Outstanding EMS Agency, MVRS training officer Glenn Mantell was named Outstanding EMS Pre-Hospital Educator, and Gloucester and Abingdon Fire and Rescue shared an award for Outstanding EMS Call of the Year.
In addition, the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad was recognized for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children, and former Gloucester resident Dr. Gaylord Ray was named Outstanding EMS Physician.
Outstanding EMS Agency
Ron Lambert, chairman of the MVRS board of directors, said the squad’s award was for a number of innovative programs it has instituted over the past year, most importantly its incorporation of the new STEMI protocols enacted region-wide last spring.
The new protocols have guidelines for all levels of care for a patient who is possibly suffering from a heart attack (STEMI stands for ST elevation myocardial infarction, medical terminology for a reading on an electrocardiogram that indicates a possible heart attack).
At the pre-hospital level, the protocols call for rescue squad personnel to evaluate the patient for the symptoms of a possible heart attack, run a 12-lead EKG within five minutes of patient contact, begin treating the patient with oxygen and cardiac medications, and have the patient ready to transport to a STEMI center within just 15 minutes of arriving at the scene. The overall time from patient contact to definitive treatment at an approved STEMI center should be no more than 90 minutes.