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February 4, 2013

BFT introduces life-saving protocol

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BROWNSBURG —

Brown said air ambulance transport is dependent on weather, sometimes making it impossible for a helicopter to get to the scene. That could mean a matter of life or death in many cases, he added.

"Hopefully, the rest of the county will be able to utilize it as well," said Schindler. "We'll go ahead and use the protocol and transport the patient if they're not pinned in an accident."

Schindler said the procedure probably wouldn't have come to Hendricks County without the help of Dr. James Nossett of Hendricks Regional Health.

"Obviously, our ultimate goal is to deliver the patient to the hospital with the best possible outcome," he said.

Brown added that being proactive makes the difference.

"Having the skills and the knowledge, this is just another chapter, another tool in the tool box to save lives," he said.

Schindler said that the paralytic agent wears off after about 30 minutes, but because patients cannot physically let medics know that they're regaining feeling in their muscles, they continue to be sedated in order to ease discomfort.

To see a demonstration on how the RSA method works, go to Youtube.comand type "Rapid Sequence Airway" into the site's search engine.

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