Guam – Two of the people conducting the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) testing at Guam Community College this week brought with them some state-of-the-art equipment that Guam EMTs hope to be using on live patients someday.
Lawson Stuart, RN, MBA, MICP, Executive Director and Chief Academic Officer of the National College of Technical Instruction (NCTI), and Stephanie Campbell-Stuart, RN, NREMT-P, NCI, an accreditation and credentialing consultant with ACI Standards, returned to Guam last week to conduct EMT training and testing for local and federal firefighters
[L to R: Danilo Bilong, GCC Development & Alumni Relations (DAR) Office program specialist; Darren Burrier, GFD EMS Division commander; Marlene Carbullido, acting administrator of DPHSS EMS Office; Trina Borja, GCC AHEC administrative asst.; Lolita Reyes, GCC DAR asst. director; Rose Loveridge, GCC Allied Health Dept. acting chair; Reilly Ridgell, GCC dean; Lawson Stuart, NCTI executive director; Stephanie Campbell-Stuart, ACI Standards consultant; and Edward Lyell, NCTI/GCC paramedic/instructor, gather around EMT equipment donated to GCC by Stuart and Campbell-Stuart for EMT training.]
They brought with them $1,500 worth of equipment that is being donated to GCC for the EMT training: two EZ-IO G3 drills and six King tubes. Stuart explained that the drills are for starting intro-osseous (within the bone) vascular access, and that the King tubes are a state-of-the-art way for EMTs to establish an emergency airway in a victim. Stuart credited VidaCare, the EZ-IO G3 manufacturer, and King Systems, the tube inventor, for providing the donated equipment.
This week, local and federal firefighters are testing their EMT skills following information presented to them since April 18, when GCC began a transition course for the island’s emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to come into compliance with national EMT training standards. The training and testing will run through May 4. The EMT transition course features lectures, written exams, skills testing, and the NREMT Practical Exam Advanced EMT Level. After completing the transition course, the EMTs will have 12 months to sit for the computerized national registry exam. GCC has been designated a testing site for the exam.
The EMT training is being funded through GCC’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) grant.
Eventually, GCC plans to offer an NREMT-Paramedic training program.