Nev. paramedics use new device for cardiac arrest patients


By Scott Neuffer
The Nevada Appeal

EAST FORK, Nev. — uring cardiac arrest or shock, it is difficult for paramedics to install IVs through a person's vein because of compromised blood circulation. However, the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District purchased five new instruments, one for each ambulance, to mitigate that problem.

"The device (EZ interosseous drill) drills a small needle through a person's bone, usually the shin, and accesses the bone marrow and interosseous space," said East Fork Firefighter/Paramedic Jeff James. "This space is highly vascular and allows delivery of medications and fluids quickly and effectively."

James said the device can be used on both adult and child patients.

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