February 14, 2019
Orange Park, FL - EMS (emergency medical services) crews came together at Orange Park Medical Center last month for the hospital's first EMS Drive-Thru Training. The new unique training sessions were put into place after local EMS expressed interest to Orange Park Medical Center about trauma injury education.
"They asked and we answered," said Trauma Surgeon and Trauma Medical Director Miren Schinco.
Orange Park Medical Center has treated almost 5,000 trauma patients since opening its trauma center in 2016. With the increased number of trauma patients being treated in Clay County the need for trauma-focused education for local paramedics is now more important than ever.
The unique training sessions are taught by Orange Park Medical Center trauma doctors and include a 12-minute lecture that is held in the ambulance bay outside of the hospital's ER. With new sessions starting every 15 minutes it allows crews to get educated and back on the road quickly. Orange Park Medical Center's first event focusing on head injuries brought out almost 40 paramedics, leaving them eager for more.
Dr. Schinco says, "The training sessions broaden our reach into the community. The time EMS spends on the scene is just as crucial as time spent in the operating room. We want our partners to have the most knowledge possible to get the patients stabilized and to us as quickly as possible."
The next session will be held on February, 19th 11:00am-1:30pm and will be open to all Clay and surrounding county's paramedics. The training is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.