Local Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are in the process of receiving advanced training, as recently required by Mountain-Valley Emergency Medical Services, the agency that oversees emergency medical services in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Stanislaus counties.
The training will allow them to provide three new life-saving services: Narcan for opioid overdose (administered as a mist into the nose), epinephrine injection for severe allergic reactions and glucose monitoring for diabetic patients.
Patterson Fire Division Chief Don Armario pointed out via email that the paramedics already have these skills; “this is new only to the EMTs.”
Asked how frequently he anticipated these new procedures to be used in the field, Armario said, “I’m sure we will use the Glucometer often. I don’t see using the epinephrine very often, and I hope we don’t have to use the Narcan… Anytime we are trained to a higher medical level, the public benefits.”