L.A. County Fire adds new life-saving equipment
NORWALK — Three new pieces of basic life support equipment has been added to Los Angeles County Fire Department’s fleet of emergency vehicles.
The new equipment includes:
Fingertip Pulse Oximeters: These blood oxygen monitors will assist emergency medical technician (EMT) providers in recognizing hypoxic patients.
Glucometers: This device will allow EMTs to conduct proper testing of glucose levels in a patient’s blood.
Nasal Naloxon (Narcan): Nasal naloxone is a medication administered through the nasal passage of the patient and can reverse the effects of opioid overdose.
“[The] introduction of this new equipment is part of Los Angeles County’s multi-agency and multi-level approach to bring comprehensive solutions and innovative treatment options to the vast number of residents within our communities facing an opioid crisis,” L.A. County Fire officials said.
“The misuse of prescription pain medications has become an epidemic in many cities and rural communities throughout the United States, which has led to the need for additional life support saving tools for EMT providers.”