Technology puts paramedics at forefront of medicine
One group of first responders has some brand new serious technology to prepare them for anything that can come their way with some new gear which now has the EMS crew at the forefront of their field.
Clayton Saidler, a paramedic with San Antonio Fire Department, said Medical Special Operations Unit One is a squad ready to load up and roll out, no matter what the circumstances.
"If something goes down inside the City of San Antonio or in Bexar County as far as an active shooter or someone barricaded we will be able to respond 24/7.” Saidler said.
And the technology they do it ranges from traditional tunicates, to even taking a look inside a patient, or if need be take things further.
"We have the ability to do an ultrasound on patients we have the ability to do do field amputation on patients if needed.” Saidler said.
For the field ultrasound, with equipment no bigger than a cell phone, could have been used if a situation like the one in Santa Fe occurs here.
"Say we have an active shooter, a lot of the injuries that happen in large areas when people try to evacuate is people getting trampled, we have the ability once that happens to use the ultrasound to see how much worse are the injuries on the inside do they have blood in their abdomen do they have a collapsed lung who needs to go to the hospital first." Saidler said.
One paramedic, Matt Albright, said his extra training is worth it, to prevent tragedies from hitting home.
"You see the tragedies hit and it scares you a little bit, and it makes you want to be prepared as possible to deal with it and also prepare you family as much as possible.” Albright said.
The crew continues to make progress, chosen by the state to participate in upcoming infectious disease response training, to transport and treat people with diseases like Ebola, as well as early recognition and containment.