The Fire Department has received approval from the LA County Emergency Medical Services Agency to begin using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), a medical procedure for patients having trouble breathing. The department will purchase new equipment to provide this care by the end of this month.
From the Fire Department report:
This new procedure has been shown to have a dramatic positive impact on survivability and recovery of patients suffering asthma attacks, congestive heart failure and other respiratory ailments. Each Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician has been taught the signs and symptoms of patients that meet CPAP and specialized equipment has been ordered that will be carried on all of the Paramedic units.
- Brad Haugaard