A. James Lewis, M.D.; Alan J. Hermer, M.D.; Carol Bebout, R.N.; J. Michael Criley, M.D.
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A unique concept in mobile intensive care utilizing specifically trained firemen-paramedics has been in operation since December 1969. Each paramedic has received 180 hr of combined classroom and bedside instruction in both cardiac and noncardiac emergencies and was trained in actual field operation under direct supervision of an experienced coronary care unit nurse. Under recent California state legislation, this unit now operates from conventional fire rescue vehicles under the radiotelemetric supervision of a physician on the coronary care unit. Paramedics are permitted to defibrillate, start intravenous solutions, and administer cardiac drugs. Continual tape recording of all data is made for
Lewis AJ, Hermer AJ, Bebout C, Criley JM. Experience with a Paramedic Mobile Intensive Care Unit.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:836. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-836_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):836.
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