MINERVA-Bill had a pulse, he certainly was breathing (at one point), and with a stethoscope you could listen to his lung sounds. After getting a blood pressure, noting that his oxygen levels had dropped and listening to him speak, Bill suddenly went into cardiac arrest. The work of the Minerva EMS began to go into overdrive.
Not a real emergency, but Tuesday April 12, a state-of-the-art manikin named Bill visited the Minerva in order to provide an opportunity for squad members to work on emergency medical simulations. Two scenarios were presented for the nine squad members to work with, including a medical and a trauma emergency. Greg Vis, of Hudson Simulation Services, along with Billy Martin, a paramedic from Saranac Lake, provided the squad with excellent training. It was part of a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at improving EMS education and in turn, EMS response and treatment.
Calls for the first three months of 2011 have been very diverse in Minerva. There were four calls in January, 12 in February, and seven in March. Calls were split almost evenly between basic life support and advanced life support calls, and included stand-by and mutual aid calls. Eighteen members of the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (MVFD&RS) responded over these past three months, either assisting at the scene or traveling to Glens Falls Hospital with the patient.