Harvard interested in MCHD study of EMS


 
 

Lucretia Fernandez, Courier staff | | Tuesday, November 20, 2007


The Montgomery County Hospital District is drawing national attention for reducing by half the number of side effects experienced during emergencies in less than a year.

Paramedics receive standardized training, but when they step out of an ambulance onto a scene they may face upset family members, poor lighting, bad weather, bad road conditions and other problems not found in a sterile hospital room. Given such conditions, side effects - including hyperventilation, hypoxia and irregular heart rate - can occur and paramedics must use their expertise to adjust dosages, ventilators and treatments to meet a patient's specific needs.

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