car collides with an enormous pole. The driver is unconscious but

breathing.  Another passenger, who was unrestrained in the backseat, is

also unconscious and lying on the floorboard. The passenger is bleeding

profusely and has an obvious complete arm amputation during the accident. 


arriving at the scene, the medics assess the safety of the situation by first

checking to see if there were any power lines disturbed and then applying

proper body substance isolation (BSI).  The triage medic quickly examines

the patients to assign which one is in the most critical condition and gives

that patient to another medic at the scene; the patients receive treatment in

order of priority. The medics then extricate both patients and put them on the

stretcher, efficiently treat them according to the sustained injuries, and

promptly transport them to the hospital.


scenario above describes a simulation performed by LSC-O Emergency Medical

Services (EMS) Program students, Bradley Manshack, Gerad Hyatt and Spencer

Gifford, and Pharmacy Technology Instructor Michelle Clingaman.  Although

only a mock emergency, this type of situation happens far too often, and a

person’s safety lies in the hands of emergency medical technicians and

paramedics that arrive at the scene.  


those interested in pursuing an occupation in the EMS field, LSC-O offers an

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)-Basic institutional award.   The

EMS Program offers students the opportunity to obtain the EMT-Basic

requirements in one semester, which includes eight credit hours of clinicals

(24 hours emergency room and 56 hours ambulance).  Upon completion of the

EMT-Basic course and clinical component, students are eligible to sit for

National Registry of EMT exam and the Texas Department State Health Service

Certification. Passing the examination will certify a student as an EMT-Basic,

a career that earns up to $30,000 per year.


they receive EMT-Basic certification, students can register for the Paramedic

Certification Program offered by the LSC-O Continuing Education

Department.  After only three semesters, students will be well-prepared

and eligible to sit for the paramedic examination with the state and the

National Registry of EMT. Additionally, LSC-O Paramedic students may apply for

the TuitionPay program, a monthly payment plan that makes the program

affordable for almost anyone.  Classes for the fall 2008 semester are forming now! For more

information, please call (409) 882-3044 for the EMS Program and (409) 882-3321

for the Paramedic Certification Program, or visit www.lsco.edu.