East Olympia (WA) Fire District 6, July 1989 to December 2008. Attained rank of Captain, served as EMSO for 12 years.
AA (1975) and BA (1978) in Editorial Journalism
19+ years of in-service fire and EMS training
Career fire/EMS volunteer since 1989. Owner of Emergency Medical Strategies, providing EMS training and technical writing. Occasional author and photographer in Jems, Public Safety Communications, NAEMT News, EMS Magazine, Best Practices in Emergency Services, 24-7 EMS
Business Manager, Copywriter at GCI Ad Agency, Olympia, WA
I live in Fresno, just back from Bagram Airbase, Here is my story about my unmasking the"Ugly American" with WWLR out of Fayetteville, NC and the medial fraud that took place at Bagram Airbase. Your medic warrior brother
I believe that if you are referring to Intubation, then Yes, the only device that qualifies would be the ET Tube. I do not know the language of Washington's EMS laws as it refers to Basic/Advanced Airways.
My belief and here in Kentucky is that Combi-tubes, KingLT Airways, and LMA's are considered a basic skill. The only Advanced Airway Skills are Intubation and Surgical Cric.
Kentucky requires 12 Intubations per year to maintain certifications (Only if your organization utilizes RSI). If your organization does not utilize RSI, then there is not a standard amount of training that needs to be done! (yeah, crazy huh?) Due to the number of Paramedics vs. OR Time and the increase in use of LMA's during surgical procedures it was difficult to obtain these numbers. We were successful in approaching the State EMS Board to also allow Intubations utilizing the Human Patient Simulators to meet the State requirement. There is also very strict guidelines pertaining to QA/QI and the use of ETCo2 as a mandatory method of confirmation.
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