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Murray – Emergency Responders Offer Free Training

Eric Murray/Grand Health
Grand County, CO Colorado

Grand County will soon be buzzing with the excitement of spring and summer activities. Dude ranches will be taking guests on horse trail rides, outfitters will be guiding their guests to the best fishing and hunting locations, boaters will be trolling the waters of our lakes, adults and children alike will be riding bikes, campers will be pitching tents and all terrain vehicles will be buzzing on their designated paths.

These outdoor activities are exciting, but they are not without their dangers – cuts and sprains, head and neck injuries, as well as broken extremities are possible. As with anything, there is a right way to handle the situation and a wrong way. Grand County EMS and Kremmling Memorial Hospital are teaming up to educate dude ranches and outfitters on how to deal with emergency situations this month, free of charge.

Each year well-intentioned people bring injured guests or employees in to the emergency rooms via their own vehicles, often times inflicting more harm on the victim and putting them in unnecessary risk.

“The best thing to do is to call 911, explain the situation and provide the location of the person suffering the trauma,” says Emergency Medical Services Captain Jason Kotas.

Grand County EMS, with ambulances situated strategically throughout the county, 24/7, will be at the site quickly and prepared to assess the situation, begin care procedures and possibly provide safe transportation if it is appropriate.

“Often times we can effectively treat an injury on site, other times we may recognize the need for more care at one of the emergency facilities in the county. We are trained to recognize the need.”

Dude ranches and outfitters are encouraged to call and arrange a brief meeting with Grand County EMS and Kremmling Memorial Hospital emergency providers. When a date and time are set, an emergency physician, an emergency nurse and emergency medical technicians will drive to the property and visit with owners and employees on the best practices for handling emergency situations.

“Basically it will be a show and tell of sorts, where we will share our expertise, show you some of our equipment that we have on board and answer questions,” Kotas said.

The emergency safety meeting is likely to last less than one hour. Afterwards, a tour of the hospital emergency department can be arranged as well as scheduling for further, more specific training such as CPR, First Aid, how to design a trauma plan and other on-going emergency training.

Another benefit of arranging the site visit is to familiarize EMS with the location of the property.

“We would like to know the quickest route to the properties and have a clear understanding of where the best entrances are and the location of certain buildings on the property so we can reach the victim as quickly as possible and increase their chances of survival and better recovery,” Kotas said.

It is also possible for the property location to be programmed in the Global Positioning System (GPS) in each emergency vehicle.

Falls resulting in broken extremities, head injuries, altitude sickness and dehydration top the list of more frequent traumas during the spring and summer in Grand County. Other types of incidences leading to injury include getting kicked by a horse, injury incurred during the operation of heavy equipment, bicycle and skateboard related injuries and vehicle accidents.

“It is important to be familiar with the emergency resources available in Grand County,” said Kotas.

This outreach effort is designed to prepare local businesses on emergency procedures before guests start arriving for spring and summer activities.

To arrange an appointment with Kremmling Memorial Hospital emergency providers and Grand County EMS, call Eric Murray at (970) 409-9017

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