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N.Y. village hires medic to help fire department

He was hired part-time as a "controlled substance agent" to help a fire department ALS provider meet a state mandate that requires all EMTs have the ability to administer narcotics

By Denise M. Bonilla

LINDENHURST, N.Y. — The Village of Lindenhurst has hired a paramedic with controlled substance expertise to assist the fire department in meeting a new state mandate.

The hiring of Justin Krause was approved at a recent village board meeting. Krause, an emergency medical technician for Stony Brook University, was hired part-time as a "controlled substance agent/paramedic" at a rate of $23 per hour.

The Lindenhurst Fire Department is certified as an advanced life support provider, with EMTs and paramedics who can assist different types of patients to a higher degree than in basic emergency service, said Chief Michael McCloud. "Any EMT can handle someone with a broken ankle," he said. "But when you have cardiac arrests and allergic reactions, there are other medications that we can use that the basic EMT can't use."

The state has now mandated that if a department is going to be an ALS provider, EMTs must have the ability to administer narcotics, McCloud said. These drugs include morphine and Valium, which can be used for treating cardiac arrests and seizures, respectively, he said.

McCloud said Krause was hired not only for his certification in administering narcotics, but also because he has set the program up for other departments.

"We're volunteers, we're novices at this," he said. "He brings a lot of experience to the table."

The narcotics will be kept in safes in both the firehouse and the ambulances. Each member of the department will have to enter a personal code to access the drugs, McCloud said.

The total cost of implementing the program is about $30,000, McCloud said. He said there are about 65 ALS departments in Suffolk County that are working to come into compliance with the mandate, which goes into effect in April.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service
©2014 Newsday

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Omar Millan Omar Millan Monday, July 07, 2014 4:48:42 AM His is the most dumb thing I have heard. Y don't we let emt's give epi
Todd Kaplan Todd Kaplan Monday, July 07, 2014 7:06:25 AM Is this a joke?
Jonathan Farrow Jonathan Farrow Monday, July 07, 2014 7:22:56 AM Haha, I agree I thought this was a call the cops story.
Jonathan Farrow Jonathan Farrow Monday, July 07, 2014 7:26:15 AM I know EMS 1 just regurgitates other media outlets articles but if it is run by EMS professionals shouldn't there be some editorial oversight?I don't expect the "Puxatony Press" to know better but an EMS site just reprinting the story gives it credibility, unless Morphine has become an ACLS drug?
Robert Martin Robert Martin Monday, July 07, 2014 7:37:55 AM Lol @ poor editorial work.
Brendan McStay Brendan McStay Monday, July 07, 2014 9:14:41 AM I like all my cardiac arrest patients to be pain-free. Good on them for stepping up to meet the needs of their patients.
Debbee Lukacsko Debbee Lukacsko Monday, July 07, 2014 10:40:36 AM I expect more from this publication as well as expect more from Newsday! This article is a joke and the information is so far from the truth I am starting to believe that the author wrote a fiction piece. Shame on all of you!
Todd Kaplan Todd Kaplan Monday, July 07, 2014 2:30:56 PM so sad to say its real this time!
Todd Kaplan Todd Kaplan Monday, July 07, 2014 2:33:42 PM yup new ACLS protocol for unresponsive patients without a pulse or breathing... Ms04 10 mg..... wakes um right up... then after ROSC... Diazapam 2mg with a repeat of 2mg q5 until a hemodynamicly stable BP above 90 SBP.
Bryan W. Waagner Bryan W. Waagner Monday, July 07, 2014 5:04:51 PM Its for the painful chest compressions!
Brian Sherwood Brian Sherwood Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:32:16 PM Just for the record there are only 5 departments that are currently not certified
Kenneth Kaftan Kenneth Kaftan Tuesday, July 08, 2014 4:30:47 PM It's OK - NY Newsday is not a paper known for its editorial acumen....
Don Lyng Don Lyng Wednesday, July 09, 2014 5:05:44 AM 'EMTs must have the ability to administer narcotics, McCloud said.' When did this happen? I didn't get the memo. Is NY getting rid of it's 15 EMS designators and everyone is just an EMT now? "We're volunteers, we're novices at this," AND THIS STATEMENT RIGHT HERE!?!?!?! WHAT?!?!?! Hence WHY fire based ems is STUPID and a Fire Chief running the show is IGNORANT!! This Krause guy has the best scam going on the Island apparently.....pretty sure ANY ALS provider (with experience of course) could do this for their department. Then again, he is from Stony Brook University.......which makes him one of the best EMS providers on Long Island....LMAO!!!!
John Colasanto John Colasanto Monday, August 25, 2014 12:29:14 AM directly from newsday ny

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