The Los Angeles County Fire Department has added three new types of basic life-support equipment to its inventory, including devices to administer a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose, authorities said Thursday.
The devices are:
— “fingertip pulse oximeters,” which help emergency medical technicians (EMTs) monitor blood oxygen levels;
— “glucometers,” which will allow EMT providers to conduct proper testing of glucose levels in a patient’s blood; and
— “nasal naloxone” equipment used in the administration of naloxone, also known as Narcan, a medication administered through the nasal passage of a patient that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose.
“This equipment will greatly assist and provide our EMT providers with additional resources to identify and assess patients, while also continuing to enhance the LACoFD’s emergency medical services mission,” county fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said.
“Additionally, 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,” Imbrenda 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,” Imbrenda said.
People needing substance abuse help can call the Substance Abuse Service Helpline at 844-804-7500.
More information is available at www.WeAreLACountyFire.org.