LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - When first responders are called out, they are often just that...the first line of response for a patient.
And with all of the cardiac related calls they have to respond to, knowing the latest and best practices for treating cardiac patients is critical.
"People have the way they've always done it, but by doing things by the evidence we assure that we have better outcomes," said nationally recognized EMS educator and critical care paramedic Bob Page.
Page was the keynote speaker at SGMC's 2nd annual EMS education conference being held at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Lowndes County Wednesday and Thursday.
The evidence referenced by Page Page was the knowledge that he said he had learned from traveling all over for 25 years and speaking to and hearing from first responders.
He said he had even learned more just since the 2014 conference. "There's been research come out that if you can bypass the emergency department and go straight to the cath lab, then you can save a lot more lives," Page emphasized.
Dr. Maurice Solis is an endovascular surgeon with the cardiovascular institute and was speaking at the conference about cardiac emergencies.
He said helping first responders recognize the different cardiac emergencies is critical. "Any time that first responders can alert the ER physicians that there's one of these emergencies coming in, they can alert and mobilize the resources necessary," Dr. Solis explained.
So hopefully, if you're ever in the back of an ambulance for a cardiac emergency, you'll have a better chance of coming out alive.