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EMT training under way in Fulton

EMT training under way in Fulton
Seventeen men and women from the local area are participating in the adult EMT (emergency medical technician) class at Fulton High School beginning last month.
Each student has paid or has had paid for them an approximate $900 fee to participate in the class, which includes tuition, textbook, workbook, required equipment and testing fees.
The course consists of 150 hours of instruction. The class meets three hours per night on Mondays and Thursdays.
During the class, the students will receive instruction by lectures from the instructors, complete homework assignments and participate in extensive hands-on skills practice. The students will perform 10 hours of ride time with an accredited ambulance service and work 10 hours in a hospital emergency room. They must also complete an eight-hour automobile extrication course. The course is expected to be completed during December.
During the course of the class, all students will receive instruction in patient assessment for the medical and trauma patient, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, oxygen therapy, non-medicated IV maintenance, blood glucose monitoring, SpO2 monitoring, respiratory emergencies, cardiac emergencies, basic and advanced splinting techniques, bleeding control, diabetic emergencies, childbirth, pediatric assessment, burns, environmental emergencies, principles of vehicle rescue, care for fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, application of dressings and bandages, patient documentation skills and awareness level hazardous materials emergencies.
The students must pass the written portion of the course with at least an 80 percent average and must pass the skills evaluation with 100 percent competency. To obtain Kentucky State EMT certification that would allow them to practice as an EMT with an ambulance service, the student must take and pass the EMT National Registry exam.
Assistant Chief Adam Lyons, Capt./paramedic Mike Gunn and FF/EMT-I Deb Hartz of the Fulton Fire Department and Twin City Ambulance Service are the instructors for the EMT course. These instructors and the EMT course are provided through SFRT (State Fire Rescue Training) Area 1 in Paducah, Ky. Charles Lott is the area coordinator for SFRT.
Published in The Messenger 9.2.09

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