Medical Society to Offer Emergency Aid Classes
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4-A Friday, Oct. 11, 1974 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Medical Society to Offer Emergency Aid Classes By Elaine King Of The Times Staff The Shreveport Medical Society has volunteered to conduct training in emergency medical care for ambulance drivers, law of-ficers and others who are regularly called on in emergencies. The local society is the first in Louisiana to offer such a course, according to Hank Bruns, administrator of Emergency Medical Services in the state. Physicians will offer lec-tures to 55 persons now enrol-led in the 81-hour course at Confederate Memorial Medical Center. Since the program's incep-tion in Louisiana in 1972, more than 1,000 persons have enrolled in Emergency Medical Training, Bruns said. There are more than 500 registered EMT personnel in the state, "the vast majority in Northwest Louisiana," he added. The concentration of trained personnel in this area, he said is "directly at-tributable to the concern" of professional medical person-nel and the public in the area. The courses will be on a continuing basis, according to Dr. Albert Hand, medical society president. Dr. Steve Kirkikis is course coor-dinator. Bruns credited the two doc-tors with being the driving force behind the local society's agreement to con-duct the EMT course in con-junction with the state Emergency Training Service. Purpose of the program is to extend emergency medical care to the scene of an ac-cident to aid victims to sur-vive until they arrive at a hospital to receive medical treatment. Emergency medical procedures for heart attack victims are included. Persons enrolled in the cur-rent course include firemen, policemen, a deputy sheriff, Red Cross workers and am-bulance drivers, according to Larry McKenzie, regional training coordinator for state Emergency Medical Services. The course has been taught at CMMC before and was previously conducted through the department of surgery un-der supervision of Dr. Tony W. Baskin. EMT courses are also being taught in the area at Minden by Dr. Sidney Pittman and in Natchitoches by Dr. Joseph Thomas. A course is slated for Ruston under Dr. William Lumpkin. The Emergency Services System is among federal requirements for states to receive federal highway funds, Bruns noted, and the federal guidelines are the im-petus behind the EMT program.
|Title||Medical Society to Offer Emergency Aid Classes|
King, Elaine T.
Shreveport Medical Society (Shreveport, La.)
Emergency medical services
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