Four video laryngoscopes were recently purchased to support Sugar Land’s implementation of a fire-based ambulance transport system beginning in January 2015.
The new equipment, funded by a donation from Nalco Champion, allows paramedics to more accurately perform a laryngoscopy and quickly establish airways for patients. The addition of video laryngoscopes and other equipment is part of a strategic initiative to implement improved advanced life support safety standards identified by Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s medical director.
The Sugar Land Fire Department began planning for its own ambulance transport system in 2013.
The department owns one new ambulance, and four more will arrive in November. The ambulances will be located at Fire Station 1, 555 Matlage Way, Fire Station 2, 1040 Industrial, and Fire Station 4, 2100 Austin Parkway.
Special safety and performance features include five-point harness systems for paramedics, liquid suspension, an enhanced safety attendant seat, reflective chevron striping, a traffic pre-emption system, a hydraulic lift for the primary oxygen bottle, cardiac monitor securing device, station exhaust system adapter and LED lighting.
New paramedic/firefighters are being hired and trained to support the launch of Sugar Land’s ambulance transport system in January.
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