EMS visits Health Classes

November 12, 2015 | Grace Melton

On November 6th, North Okaloosa EMS visited Mrs. Tammy Mackenzie’s medical skills classes. They taught the class about what it is like to work in the medical field and the struggles they deal with on a daily basis.

Many students, including Tiffany Walter, wondered if the EMS crew had ever delivered a baby, and the answer was shocking; “Yes, in my years of working I have delivered or witnessed the delivery of over 100 babies,” said one of the EMTs . The crew proceeded to tell the class about possible complications in delivery and what they would do in those situations.

“90% of our calls are actual emergencies,” said another EMT, “The average lifespan of an EMT is 5 years after they start the job due to stress on the heart. Fortunately, all of us have out lived that by a couple of years.”

Angelica Perez, a student in one of Mrs. Makenzie’s classes said “I was shocked at the statistics that they told us. It sounds like a stressful, high-paced job.”

The students got to tour the truck and learn about the things inside. Some of the equipment inside include an automated external defibrillator (AED), essentially used to restart the heart, oxygen tanks, and IV/drip starters. The truck also carries extra items not usually found in hospitals such as devices used to safely extract people from cars and houses.

Katelyn B., who is also a student in Mrs. Mackenzie’s class, said “My favorite piece of equipment on the  truck was the AED. It was like the ones you find in hospitals but more compact.” Equipment and tools on the truck are usually in a smaller or more condensed form to ease travel.

Mrs. Mackenzie arranged this meeting to finish up the class’s unit on EMS careers.

Student Daja being strapped in a stretcher

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