Clearview Fire District workers write paramedic’s guide for treating small kids

  • By Rikki King Herald Writer
  • Monday, April 11, 2011 12:01am
  • Local News

CLEARVIEW — Two crew members with Snohomish County Fire District 7 in Clearview recently worked together to create an easy guide for paramedics to use while treating small children and infants in the field.

Administering medication to children can be challenging during medical emergencies, district spokeswoman Autumn Waite said.

Matt Ball and Cary Cronin, both firefighters and medics, wanted to make it easier to estimate how much medicine was appropriate for children.

They created a field guide that organizes dosage amounts by patient weight and the kind of emergency at hand, Waite said.

The crews also can use a special tape measure to estimate a child’s weight.

The guide is more sophisticated and efficient than the previous system that District 7’s crews were using, said Scott Dorsey, the district’s acting chief of emergency medical services.

He commended Ball and Cronin for their time and effort spent creating the guide.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

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