TRENTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Jones County paramedic students are practicing real life scenarios. It’s all to provide better care for Jones County residents.
Ryan Mills said, “We’ve all had that one that one code, that one person that’s died on you. You are always questioning yourself, that drug that you can’t get yet and that could have saved their lives even more and wouldn’t have died later on.”
Currently, Jones County EMS is classified at the Intermediate Level meaning they’re unable to give certain medications and perform other live saving skills when responding to a call.
If the patient needs certain drugs, responders have to wait until a paramedic from a neighboring county like Lenoir or Pitt arrives.
“It’s delaying time by talking to your dispatch center and they have to call their dispatch center and they have to dispatch their paramedic and sometimes there is a miscommunication unit and we miss the unit.”
In the next few months, Jones County will move to Paramedic, which is the highest level of care.
“It’s going to help with time, we won’t have that issue anymore. We will have that unit there and we can help people.”
Joy Wynne said, “Being at a Paramedic Level means there’s more chance for survival to make it to the hospital in that golden window of time.”
Jones County EMS students are receiving all of their training at Lenoir Community College. The goal is to be at the highest level of care by July 1st.