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Brownwood emergency service practices skills for real life situations

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 18 2013 07:50:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2013 10:58:06 AM CDT

Brownwood's Guardian EMS teamed up with Brownwood Regional Medical Center and held a drill Tuesday morning, in which they demonstrated the process of transferring a cardiac patient in an efficient manner.

"The transfer process begins just nearly as quick as we've identified that they've had a heart attack," Brownwood Regional Medical Center RN Lexie Feist said.

Depending on the situation, patients are often transferred to a higher care level facility. The closest one to Brownwood is in Abilene.

Guardian EMS paramedic Jimmy Trowbridge said the purpose of training, and overall goal, is to ensure patients get the highest level of care possible.

"Every day we're looking for improvements on how we can provide the most professional service to the community that we serve," Trowbridge said.

Trowbridge also said the training drills help the team catch problems and find solutions sooner.

Another benefit from training is understanding the needs and expectations of other agencies such as the hospital or fire department, since they co-exist with one another out in the field.

The Air Evac helicopter was originally part of the simulation but it had to be flown for an emergency.