PHILIPSBURG–Dutch nurse practitioners Ruud Verhalle, and Rogier Evenhuis delivered an intense training in basic life support and advanced life support to ambulance staffers last week.
Verhalle and Evnhuis are nurse practitioners in emergency care at the Regional Ambulance Service (RAV) located in Brabant Middle-West, North Holland.
The training was done in collaboration with RAV as part of a three-and-a-half year cooperation agreement between the two ambulance services that was signed in 2015.
“The staff was very receptive to the training. The ambulance staff received cardiac training so that they could know what to do in case of cardiac arrest. Before this training, we did an assessment, and the level of the ambulance staff was already pretty high, but became even higher after the training,” Verhalle said.
In the meantime, discussions about the upgrading of ambulance equipment, trainings, ways to improve the comfort of the patient, and the expansion of medications were some topics discussed with Health Minister Emil Lee on Friday during a briefing about the staff training.
“I am delighted to see that the Ambulance Department is continuing with training efforts to maintain their proficiency. Continuing education is always a vital part of any professional’s career development,” Lee said was quoted as saying in a press release.
Ambulance Department Head Cylred Richardson said this was just the beginning of a series of professional training and support that was negotiated with RAV for continued quality improvements. The ultimate goal is to educate and sharpen the skills of the acute ambulance care organisation with the latest developments in acute care taking the local situation into account.
Lee was also informed that a training coordinator will be needed for the continual skill training to be maintained.
Source: Daily Herald
Ambulance dept. staffers undergo intense training