In addition to the many recent police and fire department presentations, our educator, Aubree Sullivan recently had the opportunity to train all paramedics and EMTs who work for Hamilton County EMS.
On October 5 - 7, Sullivan presented an hour long presentation to all three shifts. During the training, the paramedics learned many new things such as how to recognize and use Vagus Nerve Stimulator implants and how to recognize complex-partial seizures which can often mimic intoxication or drug abuse. Paramedics have to make fast decisions when faced with situations - is the patient acting strangely because they are drunk, or on drugs, mentally handicapped, autistic, or perhaps having a seizure? The class also discussed when a trip to the emergency room was necessary. On the pre-test, 16.8% of respondents answered true to the following statement: "A person with epilepsy should go to the hospital every time they have a seizure." On the post-test 100% answered false to this question. A seizure is considered an emergency if it is a first time seizure, if the person is injured, pregnant or has diabetes, if the seizure occured in water, if seizures are occuring back to back or if the convusive seizure lasts longer than five minutes.
"I really enjoyed teaching the EMS personnel," said Sullivan. "They seemed very interested in the subject. They listened well and asked lots of questions."
In December, Sullivan will be presenting this class to Grandview Medical Center EMS in Marion County.