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First EMS Week Declared a Success

Clay Center Dispatch

May 25, 2011

While there was a lot of traffic this weekend for EMS injury prevention event at the Clay Center Airport Saturday, organizers said EMS Week was a success.

EMT Beth Kaul said over 200 people came through the ambulance services building last week and 75 people filled out File of Life sheets to place on refrigerators that paramedics can easily pull off in an hurry in the event of an emergency.

On Monday Clay County EMS staff spoke to elderly about fall risks and injury prevention. That went over “very well,” Kaul said.

EMTs and paramedics also spoke to kids through the schools, showed them the truck and their equipment, including the new power cots recently purchased.

“With kids, the more they’re around us, the less uncomfortable they are with us if something were to happen,” Kaul said. “We had a really good response from the kids. We had a lot of questions.”

She said the most difficult question to answer was “How long will it take you to get to my house?” because the answers varies depending on the address, time of day, and who’s available.

Saturday’s event intended to speak to parents about the simple measures they can take to prevent their kids from getting hurt, and ranged from water safety, bike safety, locking up poisons and child-proofing your house.

The Clay County Health Department was also on hand to give vaccines and showed parents and kids how some medications look very similar to candy.

“This is just a day to come out, hang out with EMTs and get to know to us and ask questions,” Kaul said. “We’re trying to educate the public on the little things you can do to prevent injuries.”

The department also had a coloring contest and gave away frosties and balloons.

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