Cherokee County firefighters who are part of the latest paramedic class have been learning airway management techniques this week at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center.
Twenty-three firefighters have been learning about adult intubation and pediatric intubation. This is when a tube is inserted into a patient’s trachea to assist with breathing. The class also learned about supragottic airway devices that keep the upper airway clear for unobstructed ventilation. Needle cricothyrotomy (needle cric) was also a part of the course, so students could learn how to make an incision made through the skin and cricothyroid membrane to establish an open and clear airway. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP was also taught to assist patients with respiratory distress.
According to Sgt. Dwayne Barbee, one of the instructions for the class, “It is really an extensive class. We start out with the basic skills and then we teach the class more advanced skills in airway management.”
The newest class of paramedics just completed their third month of paramedic school and hopes to be finished sometime at this time next year.