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New life saving video laryngoscopes are now in all Queen Anne’s County paramedic transport and supervisor vehicles. The laryngoscope is an instrument for examining the larynx and inserting a breathing tube for a patient in distress.
“This added life safety device will be used when patients are not breathing to assist with the insertion of a breathing tube which is known as Endotracheal Intubation, said Scott Wheatley, Assistant Chief of the Department of Emergency Services. “This is a time critical skill that must be performed correctly in order to appropriately ventilate and oxygenate a non-breathing victim”
These devices allow the Paramedics to actually visualize through camera technology the airway structures and trachea (windpipe) to assure the breathing tube is properly placed. In addition the devices record the procedure and allow the procedure to be embedded into the patient care report. “This is a great addition of technology for our providers,” said Wheatley. “Sometimes we encounter very challenging airways when people are not breathing and this gives us another technology driven edge to assure the best pre-hospital Emergency Medicine is being delivered.”
The department completed training on the devices in mid-December and they have been placed in service at this time.
Scott A. Haas, Director of Emergency Services praised the County Commissioners’ continued dedication to and prioritization of Emergency Services. He said, “We are extremely grateful that the County Commissioners continually ensure that our field providers have the latest technology available and when a resident or visitor has a crisis we have every tool available to mitigate the situation.”