Hospital Celebrates EMS Providers During National EMS Week

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OLD BRIDGE– Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is celebrating National Medical Emergency Services Week by offering local EMS providers free continuing education courses. National EMS Week, which runs May 15 through May 21, honors the work of EMS providers while educating the public on safety and other practical tips.

Five different classes are available for EMTs to take over the course of the week at RBMC’s Old Bridge and Perth Amboy locations. The courses include ‘Code Frost- the importance of excellent CPR and therapeutic hypothermia,’ ‘GEMS – emergency care and understanding of geriatric patients,’ ‘PEARS – an American Heart Association program for emergency care and stabilization of pediatric patients,’ ‘Acute Coronary Syndromes,’ and ‘Stroke Triage.’ All courses are conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable team of RBMC’s Emergency Department physicians, Mobile Intensive Care Unit MICNs and paramedics.

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“We wanted to show our respect and support for the men and women who are out in our community saving lives every day,” explained EMS Education Coordinator Michelle Golba-Norek, RN. “These classes benefit EMTs, who need the continuing education credits, and the local community. Our classes provide first responders with the latest in emergency care knowledge. With this knowledge they will be able to better serve our area.”

The courses begin Monday, May 16, at the Old Bridge location with the Code Frost class. The course highlights the importance of CPR and therapeutic hypothermia in increasing the chance of survival after a cardiac arrest. Therapeutic hypothermia, or body cooling, is a treatment used after cardiac arrest to slowly lower the patient’s body temperature to improve survival and outcomes, particularly lessening the incidence of brain damage.

“The EMS Week courses will create awareness of the services offered by RBMC to responders, patients and residents in the area,” said Golba-Norek. “RBMC’s Emergency Department offers cutting-edge treatments such as therapeutic hypothermia. By making responders and the community more aware of the state-of-the-art emergency medical services provided at Raritan Bay Medical Center we can help save lives.”

All EMS Week courses are also open to the general public, but certification isn’t available for non-EMTs. For more information or to register for courses call 1-732-324-5393 or email mnorek@rbmc.org.


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