This week Sheri Jones wrapped up another new hire orientation class and soon you will see three new faces here at Galveston Area Ambulance Authority. Joining us is Corby Saunders, Paramedic (part time) which a few of you may recognize from UTMB where he works full time. In addition we have Kaleb Howard, EMT-B (full time) who is coming from Schiltterbahn where he was a seasonal EMT and Brian Dandridge, Paramedic (full time) whom comes to us from Harris County. Please join me in welcoming all three of these gentlemen to our agency!
Our next new hire orientation class will be on January 3 and features three more medics that will be coming aboard. We have a few more expected to be in this class that are making their way through the hiring process with some great candidates that were interviewed today.
Some of you will notice on this next Flex schedule that two times of two flex days in a month are starting to fall by the wayside as we fill the open positions. A big thank you to everyone who has helped out filling the open shifts, recommending candidates, and conducting new hire field training!
Just a reminder that if you encounter an issue with your laptop please do not attempt to troubleshoot it. Furthermore, please do not attempt to open up the case of the laptop as this can create another problem in itself. A frequent issue found by IT is this panel is found to have been opened in the field, which contains the RAM utilized by the laptops.
Also please do not affix any stickers, tape or bands to any GCHD or GAAA equipment. This includes the laptops, desktops, X-Series, stretchers, or radios. Most of our equipment is now covered by warranties, protection plans or service agreements which can prove problematic when sent back to the vendor for service.
Patient Care Awesomeness
This week have two great examples of patient care that had a positive outcome for their patients. Katie will be providing more feedback like this when she receives it or follows up on patients. If you encounter a patient that you would like to know what the outcome was you can always drop her an email or give her a call.
Earlier this month Josh Hale, Ian Davis and Jasmin Wiley responded for a 55 year old male with chest pain call to find a patient having a STEMI. They acquired their 12-Lead within 2 minutes of being on scene with a total scene time of 7 minutes. The patient went to the cath lab after a STEMI alert was activiated and found to have a 80-90% occlusion of his LAD. The patient was discharged after receiving a stent placed.
This is a copy of the 12-lead. You have 56 y/o male with a medical history of only HTN. Sudden onset of a “sharp and crushing, heartburn like pain”. Patient was pale, cool and diaphoretic. You can see the elevation in the anteroseptal leads. These show that “tombstoning” pattern that we hear about.
In addition to the email regarding the STEMI above that was sent out by Katie Horton, she also received great feedback from Allen Sims of HCA Healthcare on a stroke that was caught by Tommy Leigh and Veronica Doxey. The patient was a candidate for tPA, however he refused the treatment. Despite refusing the treatment he is reported to have improved and is doing well.
Upcoming Stroke Class
The flyer below for the Advanced Stroke Life Support class is free and being hosted by UTMB. Stacey Bouse took the class and said it was a great class and I know that Katie Horton our new Clinical Compliance Coordinator is planning on taking this class in January. It is free, however they do require a check for $50 to hold a seat which is returned when you show up for the class. It is rare that we get high quality, free training so I would encourage those of you that can attend to sign up and take advantage of this opportunity.