DERRY — Firefighter/Paramedics from the Derry Fire Department completed their annual Rapid Sequence Induction refresher training and certification.
RSI is a life-saving advanced paramedic skill where the patient is sedated and medically paralyzed so that an advanced airway (endotracheal tube) can be inserted through their mouth into their lungs. This procedure is done on critical patients whose breathing is inadequate or who have a serious traumatic brain injury.
The practical exam was overseen by Dr. Harry Wallace of Parkland Medical Center.
Wallace is the Emergency Medical Service’s Medical Control Physician at Parkland Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital. One of his jobs is to provide oversight, quality control, and training to paramedics who routinely transport patients to either Parkland Medical Center in Derry or to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. For example, he reviews and provides quality control on all cases where RSI was performed.
The Derry Fire Department has a 12-year track record of RSI success. Derry Fire and Exeter ALS are the only EMS providers in Southern New Hampshire that meet the demanding criteria to perform this lifesaving service.