vital to prepare our medics and volunteers for the daily job. Various
training with updated
knowledge and skills will ensure a better and proper pre-hospital care is
delivered to the patients.
Advanced First Aid and Basic Ambulance Care (BAC)
are the modules to train and prepare EMAS medics and volunteers to get ready to
serve in emergency. The training
headed by the Emergency Physician, also Penang Hopsital Emergency
Department's (ED) chief, Dr Teo Aik Howe, MBBS, MMed
Lecturers, ranging from First Aid Trainers, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT),
Nurses, ED Doctors and Specialists share their valuable knowledge and
experience with the course participants. The contents of the course, besides
Basic Life Support (BLS), includes Emergency Childbirth, Trauma Management,
Medical Emergency, on-going assessment and documentation, 999 emergency and
ambulance operation, management of violent patient, TRIAGE and et cetera.
Besides, CPR + AED are taught follows the latest Resuscitation Guidelines
2005. Hands-on session offers the course participants to practise and shape
up their skills. Compulsory attachment of 120hrs with EMAS Penang ambulance
service after the course, will be the platform for participants to learn and
gain necessary on field experience. Training are constantly organized by
EMAS Penang from time to time to upgrade the skills of medics.
Promising and well-performed medics will
further be trained in Basic Ambulance Care Instructors (BAC-I), Advanced
Life Support (ALS), to prepare and equip the medic be a well rounded and team
leader in operation. Apart from that, medics will sent for oversea attachment
to gain experience, skills, and knowledge in emergency care and emergency
medical service (EMS) management. In 2008, 4 medics had completed their one
month attachment with
South Australia Ambulance Service (SAAS) in
In near further, medics may undergo Diploma in
Paramedic programme in partner higher education institution, to ensure the highest quality of pre-hospital care
is delivered to community, this too will assure the future of medics.
Communication is another part of vital
element in pre-hospital care. Radio always becomes an important tool for
ambulance medics in communicatio. All SJAM Penang ambulances are fixed with mobile radio which
are linked to Hospital-based Emergency Ambulance Radio (HEAR) link. EMAS Penang medics
and volunteers are trained in proper radio communication and handling.
Besides this, they are encouraged to take part and involve in Radio
Amateur. The Radio Amateur classes are conducted with the help from MARTS Penang to equip the EMAS medics
and volunteers with better knowledge and skills. In
addition, SJAM Penang has set up a radio amateur station at EMAS Penang base
in Bayan Baru. To date, we have more than 40 medics and volunteers
passed the Radio Amateur Exam (RAE) with B-license.
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