Granite Falls ER & Ambulance Crew Tag Team to Save a Life

September 4, 2011 by gfmhm
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Kris Wicklund wasn’t at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital very long; only a few minutes, but it was long enough for him to get the help he needed to save his life.

Kris Wicklund works at Project Turnabout and one day last month he started sweating and the nursing staff at Project Turnabout suspected a heart attack.  A call was immediately placed and an ambulance was dispatched.  As a Project Turnabout nurse rode with him to the ER, the ambulance staff assessed the situation and contacted the ER at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital, a level IV Trauma and CALS designated hospital.

Kris Wicklund recalled his situation, “Everything was seamless.  The care I received from the ambulance crew and the ER was very caring, courteous and professional.  The ambulance crew had seasoned veterans, who complemented each other, like a well-oiled machine.  Of course, there was one ambulance crew member, who kept me grounded in reality and cracked a joke or two on my way to the hospital.  That actually reassured me throughout the whole ride.”

The entire Granite Falls Ambulance and Emergency Room staff are rigorously trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. The ongoing Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) training with the ambulance staff and emergency room nurses ensures that patients have the immediate care they need, especially when seconds count.

Patty Massmann, Director of Nursing at Granite Falls Municipal Hospital explains the difference in the hospital-based EMS in Granite Falls.  “The paramedics and EMT’s involved in the patient’s pre-hospital care remain an integral part of the care provided in the emergency room with the ER physician and nursing staff.  We have trained and practiced care delivery together, so when emergencies happen we are prepared. We have confidence in each other as a team, and the staff have confidence in themselves.  This is what separates us from most other rural emergency departments.”

Mr. Wicklund added, “I am so grateful for the training these professionals have; it was literally life-changing!”

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