Dispatchers attend emergency medical dispatch training
Training program is, ‘a systematic program of handling medical calls’
–9-1-1 Dispatchers from the Paso Robles Police Department recently attended Emergency Medical Dispatch training provided by the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
Emergency Medical Dispatch is a systematic program of handling medical calls. Through a series of questions, trained dispatchers using county-approved guide cards, quickly and properly determine the nature and priority of the call, dispatch the appropriate response, then give the caller instructions to help treat the patient until medical help arrives. Instructions can be provided for a range of medical needs such as choking, childbirth and cardiac arrest.
Through a combined effort, the Paso Robles Police and Emergency Services Departments have been working towards becoming EMD approved and certified. The recent training that was held locally in the city’s Emergency Operation Center allowed the city to send four dispatchers, and they say they plan on getting then remaining dispatchers certified very soon. They anticipate they will be able to offer this new service to the community later this spring.