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Higgins Paramedics Treatment Advances In Field

Some positive news from the Higgins Area Fire Protection District, which has been dealing with service cuts, after another defeat of a property tax measure. District Public Information Officer Pete Marchinek says they’ve increased the level of Emergency Medical Service they provide to an estimated 12,000 residents in the South County. That includes an advanced practice known as the “King airway”…

click to listen to Pete Marchinek

In addition, Marchinek says medical personnel can now also administer Narcan, which reverses the effects of an opiate overdose….

click to listen to Pete Marchinek

Marchinek says these expanded scopes of practice have been made possible through the hard work and dedication of firefighter and paramedic Branden Wilson. Wilson proposed the program and got approval from the District Board of Directors. Marchinek says this was accomplished with minimal costs to the district, with Wilson being responsible for training and implementation.

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