The latest group of Cherokee County firefighters training to become paramedics had a class this week on giving injections and Intravenous therapy to patients.
The class covered the proper way of giving injections by setting up and preparing the medication and preparing the area where the injection is to be given. After the injections, students were shown the proper way of disposing the needles once they have been used on a patient.
The future paramedics were also instructed on Intravenous (IV) therapy which is the process of putting fluids or medications into patients through a vein. Instructors demonstrated how to insert IVs into patients' arms by using a training arm. This training arm was designed for practice in giving IVs by permitting detailed exercises in venipuncture so that the technique can be mastered on a realistic model before actually administering to patients.
Paramedics are advanced providers of emergency medical care and are highly educated in topics such as anatomy and physiology, cardiology, medications, and medical procedures. They build on their EMT education and learn more skills such as administering medications, starting intravenous lines, providing advanced airway management for patients, and learning to resuscitate and support patients with significant problems such as heart attacks and traumas.