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Carbon Monoxide Meters carried by STREMS.

 

CO Meter attached to Medical bag.July 30, 2013 – The South Toms River Volunteer First Aid Squad has recently installed four new single gas carbon monoxide detectors on all medical bags carried by EMS personnel in the department. These detectors were purchased by the squad via fundraising efforts.

CARBON MONOXIDE GAS – A BRIEF OVERVIEW:

Carbon monoxide or “CO” is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas that may be deadly if present in a high enough concentration.  Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the fuel burning process and the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.  Many gas operated appliances such as heaters, dryers, stove tops, ovens, fireplaces and hot water heaters may produce carbon monoxide gas.  When a faulty or unusual condition exists with any one of these appliances, carbon monoxide may be vented into a living space where people are present.

Carbon monoxide poisoning may be difficult to diagnose.  Symptoms are similar to that of the flu which may include headache, nausea, fatigue, and dizzy spells.  More serious symptoms include shortness of breath, vomiting, altered mental status, syncope and unconsciousness.  Crews shall maintain a high index of suspicion for the presence of carbon monoxide gas when treating patients who present with the above mentioned symptoms, especially during the cold weather months. 

EMS INTENT ON CARRYING CARBON MONOXIDE METERS:

                The intent was when an EMS incident is dispatched that the monitors, which are continuously in the on position, would assist emergency medical responders in determining if there is carbon monoxide present while providing patient care.

                The reason the Squad decided to equip their responders with this tool is because during hurricane sandy and the following winter storm the responders were exposed to potentially hazardous conditions that they were unaware of. Carbon Monoxide is a Colorless Odorless Gas which can be fatal with High Exposure.

There were two calls in which our agency responded, where homeowners were using gas appliances to heat their home during power outages causing the homeowners to feel ill. EMS responded to these homes and noticed signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Unfortunately this was after unknowingly placing themselves in a potentially dangerous situation and becoming exposed for a short period of time.  In order to prevent this from occurring and to keep our responders safe the squad is now equipped with Single Gas CO Meters.

                What these meters will do for responders is alert them of Low Readings 35ppm and High Readings 200ppm. At this time responders will react to their department policy , and will evacuate the residence with the patient if possible and notify the fire department for response with their more thorough gas meters.  

 

NJ Move Over Law

Slow Down! Move Over With Care! It could be our lives you will be saving.

New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2

Procedure for motorist approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle.

A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500

About STRFAS

South Toms River Volunteer First Aid and Rescue Squad Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer organization that depends largely on fundraising and voluntary contributions from the citizens of our service area. Donations made to South Toms River First Aid allow us to preserve our current equipment and to purchase the most advanced medical equipment available to serve the residents of South Toms River and Manitou Park Section of Berkley Township. You can help us to provide the outstanding service to the community for which we have been known to provide for nearly 50 years! South Toms River Volunteer First Aid Squad is also Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as a BLS Provider since June of 2015.

2013 Incidents: 1079 – 689 Patient Care Reports Entered

2014 Incidents:  1129- 772 Patient Care Reports Entered 

2015 Incidents:  1006- 716 Patient Care Reports Entered  

2016 Incidents:  273- 224 Patient Care Reports Entered  

 4 Calls in Primary Service Area to Mutual Aid Agencies

AS of 05/02/2016