NALOXONE ADMINISTRATION IN MIDDLESEX TOWNSHIP
Team Effort Helps Critical Patient
Carlisle, PA- 11/10/15 – Friday marked one of the first times that Cumberland Goodwill EMS responded to a critical patient who received Naloxone from the police. On 11/6/2015 at approximately 10:30pm, 911 was contacted for a patient at the Motel 6 in Middlesex Township, thought to be in cardiac arrest. Dispatchers with the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety recognized the immediacy of the emergency and gave lifesaving instructions to care for a patient who was not breathing. Police and the Fire Chief from Middlesex Township arrived on scene quickly and administered 2mg of the overdose-drug Naloxone intranasally to the patient. The North Middleton Township Fire Department responded and assisted the police with rescue breathing until Cumberland Goodwill EMS arrived and administered a second dose of 2mg Naloxone, after which the patient improved, regained consciousness, and was transported to the hospital. All actions by this entire team of public safety professionals were critical to a positive outcome for the patient.
Cumberland Goodwill EMS is announcing full-time openings for EMTs, Paramedics, and one Paramedic Lieutenant! Use our online recruitment system to apply for one of these vacancies.
In October, when many companies will be going Pink for breast cancer awareness, Cumberland Goodwill EMS will turn a slightly different shade. This year, the Station and Events Committee at Cumberland Goodwill has opted to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in the “Out of the Darkness” walk by going green in support of mental health awareness. Mental health services are often overlooked, mental illnesses often stigmatized, and more and more first responders are living with significant mental trauma that we wanted to do something different to show our support for everyone out there who may be struggling. Every year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Mental health calls make up a large and growing proportion of the emergencies we respond to every day, and our own people are not immune from the stresses and traumas of the job.