EKU Paramedic Department Provides Care during Marching Band Tournament
Authored by Kira Honaker, Paramedic Student
The EKU emergency medical care department offered student involvement and provided emergency medical care at a basic life support level. The event attended was a local tournament of marching bands at the Madison Central High school located in Richmond, Ky.
The event provided a medical/first-aid tent in which students, EKU faculty, and non-EKU affiliated healthcare providers were able to work in and out of as a “base” for medical management.
Patient demographics ranged anywhere from the high school students who performed in the competition to the elderly attending the event. We assisted with BLS care in a total of 28 patient contacts. Patient complaints consisted of unconscious while unresponsive to painful stimulation with active seizing, tachycardia patients having difficulty breathing, syncope episodes, prior extremity injuries, and anxiety attacks.
EMT-B skills performed include triage, full trauma and medical patient assessment, cervical spine immobilization, reporting vital signs, extremity immobilization, cardiac 4-Lead monitoring, oxygen therapy via positive pressure ventilation, Vagal stimulation, calling for ALS backup, and proximal vicinity transportation.
Most attending students were certified and licensed for EMT-BLS. For those students whom were assisting and not certified and licensed, EKU faculty provided preceptor learning opportunities similar to a Ride-Along shift. Overall, this was a successful event.
Published on October 19, 2015