DANVILLE, W.Va – The Boone County Ambulance Authority (BCAA) now has a Critical Care Transport (CCT) for the county.
The CCT was put on the road in August of this year.
Bryan Justice Director of the Boone County Ambulance Authority said, “It’s a little bit bigger ambulance because we have to have more equipment in it. We have three crew members all the time on those calls.”
According to Justice the BCAA has had approximately 25 or 30 calls for the CCT since they started it in August.
Patrick Clark CCT coordinator said, “We currently have 12 individuals trained at the Critical Care level.”
Clark said, “As the CCT Coordinator my job is to oversee the daily operations of this unit and to make sure they have all required equipment to perform these tasks.”
According to Clark he also reviews the charts associated with the CCT to make sure quality care was administrated to the patients being transported.
“CCT is advanced care provided above the field paramedic level. As a Critical Care Paramedic we have the ability to administer drugs, provide more advance care, and continue ER or ICU that has already been started,” said Clark.
“Along with all that we carry multiple pieces of additional equipment not found on a regular ambulance including the following: Mechanical Ventilator, IV mediation infusion pumps, Transvenous Pacemaker, Doppler equipment use for pregnancies for fetal heart tones, and multiple advanced drugs,” said Clark.
Justice said “We probably have about $50,000 worth of equipment on it. The truck itself is a used vehicle we bought off of Madison Fire Department.”
According to Justice the ambulance authority has approximately $100,000 in the CCT fully stocked.
Justice said the people who are on the CCT have to have special training and classes.
Justice said, “In order to get into that class they have to have their paramedic certification for three years.”
According to Clark as the coordinator he is responsible for quarterly training as well as the initial training these individuals receive.
“With Boone County being very rural this program allows for our agency to continue advanced care started at the hospital when transferring to another hospital,” said Clark. “Along with providing inter hospital transfers we also have the ability to start advanced care in the field to the critically sick and injured citizens of Boone County.”
“As a ground truck we are stocked the same way as a helicopter, so when weather does not allow for a flight to happen we are able to perform the same care with the same outcome,” said Clark.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder