Friday, September 28, 2012

EMTs Everywhere

There's never a good time to have a heart attack on campus, but if you picked today you would certainly have plenty of folks that could respond. Nearly two hundred emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses and other health professionals are at Vol State for the Northern Middle Tennessee STEMI Summit. What's STEMI? It's short for ST Elevation Myocardial Infarctions. That's basically a serious coronary artery blockage. How do you check for that sort of thing? The health responders are learning best practices for reading the 12 lead electrocardiogram.

EMT's go through this sort of training on a regular basis to keep up with the latest techniques. In fact, the Vol State Health Sciences Center of Emphasis does courses for health care professionals throughout the year. It's just another way that Vol State is a hub for health sciences training in the area.

If you know someone who has been helped by an paramedic or EMT in an emergency situation you can thank professional continuing education for keeping those responders on the cutting edge of care.

For more information on the Vol State Health Sciences Center of Emphasis, including a class list visit: http://www.volstate.edu/HealthSciences/?ref=az

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