When Seconds Count

El Campo EMS just added a new emergency blood clotting medication and antibiotics to its shelves in the hopes of saving even more lives.

El Campo ambulance crews are now capable of providing even more life-saving medications when responding to calls for help.

A new blood clotting medication, antibiotics and a better type of IV fluid has been added to the standard supply list on each unit.

The goal is to improve patient care, according to Darlene Giesalhart, an El Campo EMS paramedic and the department’s public information officer.

The clotting medication, Tranexamic Acid or TXA, isn’t for every cut.

“It’s for people with an excessive bleeding,” she said, adding examples of that would be major trauma, like a major bone break which has torn through skin. “It has the potential to save someone.”

The antibiotics allow for faster treatment.

“A patient in a vehicle crash, especially one who has been ejected, can have dirt, mud, dirty water in wounds,” Giesalhart said, adding the quick administration of antibiotics helps.

Switching the old IV solutions for lactated ringers, the department will now be infusing the mixture of sodium chloride, sodium lactate, potassium chloride and calcium chloride in water.

It is used for replacing fluids and electrolytes in those who have low blood volume or low blood pressure.

The new materials are additions to the ambulance, funded via savings found through a thorough review of standard operating products.

Medications were not eliminated, Giesalhart said, but the amounts were adjusted on lesser used items.

The most common item used, she said, is medications to treat nausea and vomiting.

El Campo EMS operates at M-ICU or Mobile Intensive Care Unit status, the highest level of care available for an ambulance service.

A city service, it is actually funded by all West Wharton County residents via the Wharton County Emergency Services District No. 4 tax levy.

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