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Merrill EMTs add new life saving skillSubmitted: 07/01/2020
Rachael Eyler
Rachael Eyler
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reyler@wjfw.com

Merrill EMTs add new life saving skill
MERRILL - Merrill Paramedics are getting an upgrade to EMT's skill set with Rapid Sequential Intubation.

The procedure requires two paramedics to complete and begins with administering a sedative and paralytic medication.

From their paramedics are able to properly insert a breathing tube and begin ventilation.

Merrill paramedics predict RSI will do more than support critical conditioned patients with oxygen flow, it could save their life.

The difference with the Merrill Rapid Sequential Intubation system is we have the ability to actually sedate and paralyze the patient that is conscious so we can take over control of their breathing and their airway for them and provide them the oxygen and ventilation that they need to support life," Merrill Firefighter and Paramedic, Chris Clabots said.


The RSI upgrade also includes the purchase of video laryngoscopes which allow paramedics to better visualize the vocal cords when placing the breathing tube into the patient as well as protect them from possible COVID-19- Exposure.

"With Rapid Sequential intubation and the addition of our new video laryngoscopes being able to stay away from the patient's mouth and fluids,getting them in our eyes and face is going to make it that much safer for the crew," Clabots said.

Officials added this new procedure will increase success rates of intubation as well as less irritation and possible tissue damage to the patient. 


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