-- Alger County Ambulance Service has
taken another step toward providing more advanced care.
As of Monday, two
ambulances are licensed for ALS (Advanced Life Support).
ambulances allow paramedics to start intravenous medications
and administer other drugs before the patient reaches
the hospital. They
can do almost what a doctor can do.
that to before--if a 911
call came in, paramedics could only offer basic life support,
"It's going to be a big change," comments
paramedic Amber Denman. "It's pretty neat to have one
day a basic and the next day, be able to be the advance life
support we've been working so hard for."
to Undersheriff Robert Hughes, Alger County is
one of the last counties in the U.P.
to get ALS; and when time is a life saved, the county was
well overdue to bring the ambulance service up to a standard
of care that didn't exist before.
"It's immeasurable," says Hughes, "the
benefits that ALS can bring. When you can
bring a paramedic to a patient's side, it's like basically
bringing an emergency room in your home."
will be able to communicate directly
with the doctor and administer the same medications that
he'd be able to dispense in the emergency room. Before
Denman could do that, she had to literally go back to school.
"Eighteen months of training, education
and hundreds of hours of clinical that we had to do in the ER,
and also right along with other life support agencies," Denman
Now the distance
to medical facilities in Munising is no longer a consequence
for the residents living in parts of Alger County and other