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Rural/Metro Staff receive Commendations

In recognition of exceptional care, Rural/Metro Lead Paramedics Scott Burbidge (Oneida) and Matthew Nesbitt (Skaneateles) have been awarded a Regional Call Commendation from the Central New York Regional Emergency Medical Services Council.

On the evening of March 11, 2010, Rural/Metro Paramedics Scott Burbidge and Matthew Nesbitt responded to an emergency call for an unconscious person. Upon their arrival, they found a 44-year old patient in full cardiac arrest. Syracuse Fire Department Rescue was actively performing CPR Compressions and ventilating the patient, who did not have a pulse and was not breathing. An Automated External Defibrillator was also used on-scene by Syracuse Fire.

Paramedics Burbidge and Nesbitt worked collaboratively with the Syracuse Fire Department to further stabilize and provide necessary care for the patient, who was then transported emergently to St. Joseph's Hospital by Rural/Metro Ambulance.

In the letter of award, Susie Suprenant, CNYEMS Executive Director stated, "The patient care and teamwork demonstrated by the Syracuse Fire Department and Rural/Metro Medical Services resulted in a positive outcome for the patient, who has since recovered with no long term effects. Their efforts and care of this patient are commendable."

Both Burbidge and Nesbitt received individual Certificates of Commendation, which were presented by their respective supervisors at Rural/Metro. Regional Commendation awards are part of the CNYEMS Regional Continuous Quality Improvement Committee Activities. The nomination for this award was submitted by Syracuse Fire Department.

Rural/Metro further encourages the public to ensure they are properly trained in the use of AED's and CPR. "In this situation, early intervention was critical to the patient's survival. These are skills that any person can learn," said Ed Moser, Community Education Supervisor. Many public sites and businesses have AED units, and free training is available from Rural/Metro through the end of 2010 on a regularly scheduled basis.

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