Wallingford paramedics receive advanced rescue training

WALLINGFORD – Local paramedics are now certified to provide advanced intubation technique. The certification process was set up with the help of Hartford Healthcare.

Fire Lt. Mike Krupinski said the technique, called rapid sequence intubation, involves putting a patient to sleep and/or paralyzing a patient so they can be intubated. Intubation involves putting a tube down the throat to keep the airway open. Krupinski said a body’s natural defenses can sometimes cause a patient’s body to be intubated, so this process will make it easier to get life-saving treatment.

Krupinski said with traffic accidents and the fact that Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is in town, there was a need for this type of service. Fire department research showed that about one patient per month could have benefited from the technique. The fire department created the training program with help from Hartford Healthcare to ensure it was on par with state protocols, Krupinski said.

Nicholas DeVito, firefighter/paramedic, said using rapid sequence intubation will result in better patient outcomes.

Dr. Sean Caffyn, EMS Medical Director for Hartford Healthcare, worked with the department on the training and certification process.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…” Caffyn said. “You need well-trained and talented people.”

Fire Chief Joseph Czentnar was at the fire station Wednesday to greet the paramedics who completed the training. He said he was proud of his staff for creating the training in-house and appreciated Hartford Healthcare’s role.

“Congratulations to the paramedics for their response,” Czentnar said. “I am proud that we offer this service to the community. »

Krupinski said the training meant a lot of studying and learning new skills.

“That’s something we can’t get wrong,” Krupinski said. “They rose to the challenge and rose to the challenge.”

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