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Northeast Kansas EMS personnel gather at Osage City for trauma class

070513osagecountyems1Participants in a pre-hospital trauma life support class, held at OCFD No. 2 fire station in Osage City, practice techniques they learned during the two-day course. Photos thanks to OCEMS.

Osage County EMS recently hosted its first pre-hospital trauma life support (PHTLS) class. EMS providers from across northeast Kansas attended the two-day course held at the Osage County Fire District No. 2 station in Osage City.

National Association of EMT’s PHTLS is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for pre-hospital emergency trauma care.

070513osagecountyems2Instructors of the course, held Jun 21-22, were Jim O’Toole, Dave Rethman, Chad Beckley, staff members of OCEMS’s sister services in Seneca, Jackson and Atchison counties. Class participants received an additional four-year certification above their state EMS certification. There were 16 participants in the class including OCEMS staff Tim Degnan, paramedic, Roy Rickel, EMT-I, Nathan Decker, EMT, Tammy Helsop, AEMT, David McCullough, AEMT, and Jason Belanger, paramedic.

The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of pre-hospital care through global education. PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. PHTLS is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care.

For more information, contact Donna Connell , OCEMS, at 785-528-1139.

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