The Granite Falls Ambulance provides the area with Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) services. Making approximately 600 emergency runs per year, the service intercepts and assists BLS ambulance services in the area, as well as maintains the contract for the Veterans Administration for greater southwestern Minnesota. The Ambulatory Service has three ambulances, all with state of the art equipment and a full spectrum of ALS medications. The service can also transfer acutely ill patients over long distances while providing safe and quality care which meet or exceed the needs of the patient and their family.
Our highly trained and dedicated individuals – a very unique and special part of the health care team are all active members of the comprehensive health care team of the Granite Falls Hospital. As community members, they realize the importance of medical direction of the hospital-based ambulance service. The Rapid Assessment Team provides early, life saving interventions for our patients.
All EMT Basic’s are IV certified and can administer variance-approved medications. The ambulance service is fully equipped as a mobile intensive care unit and maintains a full medication list. Staff operates with standing orders or direct communication with the patient’s physician. Ambulance equipment includes cardiac monitors, EKG’s, defibrillation, End Tidal CO2, Triple IV pumps, portacath access, as well as a variety of intraosseous devices. A full line of multiple advanced air way equipment is maintained, including a ventilator for patients requiring transfer in critical situations from obstetrics to geriatrics.
Our service maintains a highly competent staff who provide routine and advanced services:
- Rapid Sequence Intubation
- EZ IO and Fast1 Intraosseous Infusion
- PICC Line Access and Care
- Portacath Access and Care
- Advanced Airways
- Comprehensive Medication List
- IV Pumps
- Pneumothorax Kits
- Chest Tube Care
- Foley Catheters
- Doppler Monitoring
- Cardiac Pacing
- End Tidal CO2 Monitoring
- Sterile Technique and Care
- Emergency Childbirth Educational Abilities