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Metro Moore EMS takes part in EZ IO training

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

Metro Moore County EMTs recently took advantage of a training session that could help save young lives. They worked with Rhonda Phillippi, RN, BSN from TN Emergency Medical Services for Children, training to place a special IV called EZ IO into the bone. This provides the ability to give IV fluid and drugs to start a child’s heart again. Attending the training were (from left) Brian Maxey, Dwight Sullenger, Phillippi, Ken Young, Jackie Burton, Judy Huffer, Curtis Creson, Hunter Case and Brett Kennemer. (Photo Provided)

Metro Moore County EMTs recently took advantage of a training session that could help save young lives. They worked with Rhonda Phillippi, RN, BSN from TN Emergency Medical Services for Children, training to place a special IV called EZ IO into the bone. This provides the ability to give IV fluid and drugs to start a child’s heart again. Attending the training were (from left) Brian Maxey, Dwight Sullenger, Phillippi, Ken Young, Jackie Burton, Judy Huffer, Curtis Creson, Hunter Case and Brett Kennemer. (Photo Provided)

Children in Metro Moore County will more likely survive conditions that can result in death due to receiving life saving equipment. Placing an IV and giving life saving drugs in a child is difficult due to their size, but eight rural EMS services in Tennessee — including the EMS service here in Lynchburg — will now have life saving equipment that rapidly places a special IV called EZ IO into the bone. This provides the ability to give IV fluid and drugs to start a child’s heart again.

Rhonda Phillippi, RN, BSN from TN Emergency Medical Services for Children and Lee Blair from Vidacare demonstrated and provided hands on training to Metro Moore EMS on how to use this life saving equipment.

This is the same equipment that was used on Erik Jackson, the 22-month-old that was found in an abandoned septic tank that was 6-foot deep and had about 3 feet of water in the bottom at the Mother’s Day Out Daycare Center at Hillview Baptist Church located in Goodlettsville.

“The goal is to ensure critically ill and injured children have needed life-saving medication,” said Phillippi. “(We) demonstrated the EZ-IO Vascular Access system allowing medical professionals to safely gain immediate vascular access using the intraosseous space inside the bones during life threatening situations.”

Members of the Moore County EMS took part in the training on July 29.

The insertion of the EZ-IO usually takes less than 10 seconds. It was developed to meet the stringent needs of medical personnel for dependability, precision and user friendliness.

The EZ-IO Vascular Access system allows medical professionals to safely gain immediate vascular access using the intraosseous space inside the bones during life threatening situations.

Often referred to as a non-collapsible vein, the intraosseous space — or space inside the bones — is capable of quickly absorbing infused fluids and medications and transporting them to the central circulation due to its rapid blood flow, even during shock. Drugs and fluids inserted via the intraosseous route reach the central circulation as quickly as those administered through standard IV access.

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