Critical Care Paramedics – Specialty Care / Emergency Medical Transportation
At Tri-Hospital EMS we have taken a different approach to the way we handle transporting critically ill or injured patients. Our Specialty Care Paramedics have 80 additional hours of specialty care training. This educational enhancement was offered by Doctors, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists and Pharmacists in our area who assist with the training. All of these professionals were able to provide didactic and clinical training on such items as chest tubes, Swanz Ganz Catheters, medication infusion equipment, arterial lines, thrombolytics, vasopressors, sedatives, paralytics and antibiotics. This training and our continual education helps to ensure that when Specialty Care Transportation is needed, our staff can provide the SPecial Care you and your loved ones require.
This specialized training, in conjunction with state of the art equipment purchased and placed on board all SCT vehicles, enables the Paramedics to better respond and treat any complications that may arise during a transfer of a critically injured or ill patient.
Our SCT Paramedics serve 3 area hospitals and are able to transport the vast majority of the patients that need to seek a higher level of care that may not be available in the St. Clair County area, including but not limited to: Acute Myocardial Infarctions, High-Risk OB patients, Pediatric and Neo-Natal patients and Trauma patients.
In addition to the SCT training that our Paramedics attend, they must also maintain certifications in PHTLS (Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support), NALS (Neo-Natal Advanced Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), or PEPP (Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals). They also have to maintain their SCT certification by obtaining an additional 20 credit hours within a 3 year period in addition to maintaining their Michigan Paramedic License by obtaining 45 credit hours in a 3 year period.
Our Dispatch personnel will assist the hospital personnel in determining the mode of transportation for a patient (ALS or SCT) based on the medications infusing and or additional equipment the patient may require.