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backboards, monitors, splints, medications            just two ambulance programs still run by a hospital

(depending on certification level) and oxygen         in New Hampshire. In fact, we believe this is one of

delivery systems. Those trained in advanced life      the most important services provided by New London

support also have access to more advanced airway      Hospital, fully integrating ambulance and other

equipment; pain, cardiac and medical emergency        related care. This service is potentially beneficial
                                                                                      ‘‘
medications; and other interventions to ensure the    to anyone, but crucial for older residents such as

highest level of patient care.                        ourselves. The New London Ambulance Service is a

“In the 1980s, you had to complete 80 hours of        key reason we support New London Hospital.”

coursework and pass a certification test to become    Pam and Paul have each been providing emergency

an EMT. But the profession is always changing, with care services in our region for 30 years and confirm

‘‘the introduction of expanded field care with new    that this work has evolved for them into very
                                                      rewarding careers. “EMS teams work like clockwork
 protocols and technology,” says Pam Drewniak. “To    and know what to do to in a wide range of health
 be certified today, an EMT needs to complete about
         The New London Ambulance Service is a key
           reason we support New London Hospital.

 — Bev Payne, Community Member

200 hours of coursework, clinicals and medication     care scenarios,” says Pam, “and the bottom line
skills verification. An AEMT has to complete an       is always consistent—providing quality care that

additional 100 hours of training, and Paramedics      exceeds expectations for our patients.” We are

must complete a 16-month course of about 2,000        grateful to people like Pam and Paul who have led

hours. All levels must attend continuing education    the way for NLAS through organizational, medical

classes and be recertified with the National Registry and technological changes over the decades with

of EMS and the Bureau of EMS every two years.”        their unchanging commitment to ever-improving

According to Pam, ambulances today are like           EMS services and patient care.

mobile emergency rooms, outfitted with top-of-

the-line equipment. “Our EMS staff provide a

higher level of care than in the past, performing

EKGs; providing IV, respiratory, and medication

interventions; and managing stroke and cardiac care.

In many situations, EMS providers are the first line

in the health care team,” says Pam. “The advanced

interventions, medications and emergency care we

provide at the scene can save significant time and

improve patient outcomes in the hospital, which is

good for both patients and institution.”

Today the NLAS provides quality emergency             1980 article in Argus Champion announcing
care and transport to residents of New London,               new emergency beepers for NLH
Newbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton and Wilmot.
Community member and former NLH Trustee Bev
Payne voices the sentiments of many when she says,
“My husband Dave and I have firsthand experience
with the quality care—including lifesaving skills—of
the New London Ambulance Service, which is one of

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