As of today, December 7, we have four new certified Emergency Trauma Technicians in town. They are: Craig Donaldson, Johnathan Millican, Ian Cabitac, and Savannah Byerly.
Emergency Trauma Technicians are certified by the Southeast Region Emergency Medical Services Council, and are recorded by the state of Alaska as First Responders. The program teaches students how to stabilize their patient, get a history, and then get them to the hospital. Students can utilize all the equipment in an ambulance. ETTs take vital signs, such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration baseline (so responders can monitor patient stability), splinting using the Sam splint, vacuum splints, and other resources available wherever the patient is located, as required. ETTs can find out the core issue the patient has and stabilize them. The students are also taught the American Heart Association's CPR for professionals.
Instructor George Keeney reports, “If I were to collapse and they were around, I would be in good hands. The students will use their training throughout their careers.”