Upstate offers EMS training opportunities in Cayuga County

Upstate University Hospital is offering EMS training in Cayuga County with what officials hope be a series of educational outreach efforts. Upstate kicked off its EMS outreach with its largest EMS training effort undertaken by the hospital outside of Onondaga County.

The EMS training session in Cayuga County was held May 22 at the Auburn Holiday Inn and featured presentations on Upstate’s EMS Physician Response Team and Mercy Flight Central Air Ambulance. Presentations also were offered on how to take care of an obese patient before they get to the hospital and the importance of conducting a quick assessment of stroke patients and how stroke care differs from hospital to hospital.

EMS officials say it is essential that first responders, including EMS providers, get regular, ongoing education about new techniques and protocols for providing treatment in the field.

“Upstate is providing us a valuable opportunity to receive high quality training for all our EMS providers, including individuals working in public safety, nursing, fire and police,” said Brian Dahl, director of emergency medical services for Cayuga County Emergency Management.  “It’s important for everyone to come together and receive this training.”

Cayuga County has about 360 individuals working as EMS providers, some are paid, many are volunteers, who live in rural areas that make up most of the county’s 720 square miles.

That’s challenging geography in which to provide programming to EMS providers, where many would have to travel significant distances to receive such training, officials say.

Thus Upstate and Cayuga County officials worked on a plan to bring programming to Cayuga County. “Presenting a comprehensive EMS training program where first responders live is essential to ensuring all who arrive first on the scene of an accident, have the most advanced training possible,” said Doug Sandbrook, Upstate’s EMS liaison and director of its paramedic program.

Upstate says it will consider additional educational programming in other outlying communities and is examining the use of providing training through eleconferencing.

“As the region’s only academic medical center, we are responding to the needs of the region to ensure that individuals throughout Central New York have the very best in care when first responders arrive on the scene,” said Derek Cooney, MD, director of Upstate’s Fellowship Program for EMS and Disaster Medicine.

Upstate University Hospital is the area’s only Level 1 trauma center and provides certification and continuing medical education program to more than 700 EMS professionals annually.

Caption: Derek Cooney, MD, director of Upstate’s Fellowship Program for EMS and Disaster Medicine, speaks with reporters about Upstate new EMS relationship with Cayuga County, as Cayuga County Emergency Services Director Brian Dahl looks on.

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