The technicians include Curdalia Guishard, Jacinda Ettienne, Burton Richardson, Shenelle Williams, Eric Thompson and Rudolph Lewis.
They completed the course which was a partnership between the H Lavity Stoutt Community College and the BVIHSA. It comprised clinical rotations, exams, research papers and a final exam administered by an external agency.
Speaking at recent graduation ceremony, Premier Andrew Fahie stressed on the importance of capacity building, as these new AEMTs now possess skills which will better the future of health services offered within the territory.
“Now that you have been trained, we now have a cadre of persons with advanced skills to bring hope on a scene of despair,” stated Premier Fahie will address the newly-graduated technicians.
He added: “All of you are advanced in your training and you will be able to save more lives. That is the power of capacity building. We are in better hands because you have decided to elevate yourself.”
New AEMTs will boost pre-hospital quality of care
Medical Director for Emergency Management Services, Dr Domnick Frazer said the new trained technicians will tremendously boost the quality of care in pre-hospital settings.
This is because these technicians now possess the skills to intervene in emergency situations, through medical direction from a physician.
“They will now be able to start IV access, administer drugs and provide advanced airway support which will give patients a higher level of care and decrease pre-hospital morbidity and mortality rates,” Dr Frazer explained.