Entire Hialeah Fire Department gets quick test for coronavirus

Originally published at Local10.com on April 16, 2020

HIALEAH, Fla. – According to the Florida Department of Health numbers, Hialeah has the second highest positive coronavirus from test results in the state of Florida.

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With the number of cases continuing to be on the rise, Hialeah’s fire department wanted to find out which of its firefighters have been exposed and which have not. The department secured rapid antibody testing through the University of Miami. Researchers from the university were helping to administer the tests at Fire Station No. 7.

David Rodriguez, District Chief, Hialeah Fire Department, believes the effort may be the first of its kind as about 230 firefighters will be tested.

“We’re probably one of the first in the country, maybe even the nation,” said Rodriguez. “We’re trying to do this to get an idea, to get a baseline, of the health of our firefighters.”

The test will determine if any of the firefighters have been exposed to COVID-19, and, if so, if any have immunity.

“It’s kind of giving an idea of, throughout the whole fire department, what we’re dealing with. Some people don’t feel any symptoms whatsoever. Some people could have it, some may not,” said Rodriguez.

Of the 146 firefighters tested so far since Wednesday, officials said seven have been positive for antibodies and are now isolated while awaiting the results of a swab test to find out if they are still infected.

The tests take only seconds to administer involving a simple prick of the finger with results coming back in 10 to 15 minutes.

Rapid Coronavirus Testing Provided to Hialeah Firefighters Local 1102

Originally published at NBCmiami.com on April 16, 2020

The testing will help identify if the virus is in any members using a finger prick system

A firefighter’s union in Miami-Dade County has secured rapid testing for its members amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with the information being used for a study by the University of Miami.

Hialeah Firefighters Local Union 1102 will provide the testing for its members on Thursday, following up by giving the results for an epidemiological study being done by the school.

Fire Department Chief David Rodriguez will be among the members being tested Thursday.

Gordon Center brings life-saving stroke training to North Dakota

Originally posted by Hallie Brown on Tue, Feb 04, 8:02 PM at KFYR TV

Health care providers and paramedics from all over North Dakota came together today to receive Life-Saving Stroke Training.

Gordon Center for Simulation and innovation is bringing life-saving stroke training to North Dakota. Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS) is the name of the curriculum taught in the eight-hour long course, which is then taught the next day by the health professionals participating in the course.

The course is designed for hospital providers and pre hospital providers that are involved in the care of stroke patients.

Al Brotons of Gordons Center for simulation and innovation said: “Prehospital calls in, and we teach them how to communicate effectively. The teams in the hospital can get everything ready from the CT, to pharmacy because they know a real stroke is coming in.”

This training takes participants through stroke recognition, awareness and management as well as post care. It will also help rural communities.

“The Three-year project to improve stroke systems of care across North Dakota with a real focus on our rural communities knowing that resources are limited in those areas,” said American Heart Association’s Jenna Pietrzak.

After learning the curriculum on the first day, health professionals will be able to teach what they learned on the second day and receive an official instructor card at the end.

“This honestly is the best one day course in education I’ve ever taken, and I think I feel strongly that it can help us to identify stroke patients earlier,” said Standing Rock ambulance paramedic Deeann Werre.

After training, four ASLS training centers will be added to varying areas around North Dakota.

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The Gordon Center to Partner with Coral Gables Fire Department, Specialty Telehealth Systems and Local Hospitals to Help Patients with Life Threatening Emergencies

MIAMI, FL (December 19, 2019)…. As the new year begins, the Gordon Center for Simulation and Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Miami, will embark on a new collaboration with Coral Gables Fire Department, Specialty Telehealth Systems, and area hospitals to better diagnose and care of patients of life threatening emergencies.

This new partnership, a first in Miami-Dade County, centers around innovative telemedicine capability allowing Coral Gables Fire Rescue paramedics direct access to participating neurologists, or trauma surgeons from University of Miami, Baptist Hospital when a patient is experiencing a life threating emergency.

This initiative is projected to provide critically ill patients with faster access to the appropriate medical intervention, reduce time to care while increasing the chance of better outcomes. Barry Issenberg, MD, Director of the Gordon Center for Simulation and Innovation in Medical Education, stated: “This is what the Gordon Center is all about leveraging technology to save lives. Utilizing a secured video system, paramedics and patients can now speak with specialists for evaluation prior to arriving at the emergency room.”

For additional information, please contact Al Brotons, 786-256-7850.

Panama City first responders take part in active shooter training

SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – An active shooter situation is not a situation any first responder wants to find themselves in, but Panama City emergency personnel are preparing nonetheless.

Active shooter training was held at Gulf Coast State College’s North Bay Campus. Both law enforcement and fire/EMS participated in the training, learning the best tactics for dealing with an active shooter situation.

“Ultimately, our goal is saving lives,” said Dr. S Barry Issenberg of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

By the end of the training, the goal is for the personnel that participated to teach the class to others