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Medical Students Learn About Being a Saver of Lives

Feb 03, 2014

Tim Jones, an EMT/paramedic/firefighter with the Lexington Fire Department, recently spoke to medical students at the Richmond Campus about the career of a paramedic and EMT; the drugs that they are allowed to dispense to patients; drug interactions and how common adverse drug reactions are in elderly patients.

When they are called to a scene they assess what is wrong using “ABC’s”—Airway, Breathing and Circulation. They check vital signs—pulse, blood pressure, respiratory, and blood glucose.  The drugs that a paramedic administers are stabilizing drugs to keep vital signs stable while the patient is transported to an emergency room.

The elderly are more likely to overdose because they are often unaware of what active ingredients are in what drugs.  For example:  Percocet and Nyquil both have acetaminophen in them and if you take both drugs, you will overdose on acetaminophen because the human body can only handle 4,000 milligrams a day. He also advised that when it comes to taking medication, make sure you follow directions that your doctor gives you to be safe.  Look at what you are taking, and when it is to be taken.

“Learning about medicines and the adverse effects they can have was amazing knowledge to take in because [they are] things [I] never really thought about before,” said medical assisting student, Melissa Crowe.  “His presentation makes me look forward to helping people the way he does.”

Tim Jones, an EMT/Paramedic/Firefighter with the Lexington Fire Department, spoke to medical students at the Richmond Campus about his career.

tags: Medical: EMT Paramedic - Associate Degree (PMD)