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Grant in Action: Skills of First Responders

Improving the skills of first responders

Six mannequins with difficult airways were purchased to make the learning process more realistic.

But with these difficult airway models we hope to improve the skills of our pre-hospital providers.

Preparing EMTs and paramedics for challenging airway situations is the goal of a SIU School of Medicine (SIU Medicine) grant submitted to MMC Foundation by Drs. Chinmay Patel and James Waymack. “EMTs and paramedics often are the first medical providers to encounter patients who are acutely ill or injured. They must treat these patients in less than ideal conditions,” said Dr. Waymack, assistant professor of surgery/emergency medicine at SIU. “Most airway training occurs on simpler models or on patients who are not considered as difficult. But with these difficult airway models we hope to improve the skills of our pre-hospital providers."

Training sessions are scheduled for 36 EMTs and paramedics and Waymack hopes to make additional opportunities available in the future. Otolaryngology residents have used the models for some of their procedural training and they will be incorporated into training for Emergency Medicine residents too.

We sincerely think the training our grant is making possible will pay dividends for Memorial Medical Center and the community we serve,” Waymack said.

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