A seven-member team comprising Managers, EMTs, supervisors and regular staff of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has returned from the United States better equipped to execute their respective duties.
The team represented Antigua and Barbuda at the Annual EMS World Expo and Conference in New Orleans and had the opportunity to attend lectures in Basic Life Support, Trauma and Stroke Care.
According to a press statement, those in management positions were able to capitalize on lectures which dealt with strategic planning, international models of emergency medical services (EMS) and risk management.
The local EMS officials also met with members of the United States National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and according to the Director of EMS Shawn Greenidge, plans are being put in place for Antigua and Barbuda to become an accredited body.
He said that two representatives from the United States` NREMT will be in Antigua to meet with officials within the Ministry of Health and the Environment along with management and staff of EMS.
According to the EMS Director, the trip as a major accomplishment for the staff and expressed his optimism that the knowledge gained will serve to enhance the already high level of service that is being provided by staff.
He said the qualification and certification of EMS personnel were also discussed and were proven to be on par with those in the United States.
The next EMS Expo will be held in Las Vegas next year from 16th – 20th October.