PCAD Board hears update on ventilators

During its regular meeting Tuesday the Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors heard an updated on the district’s new ventilators.

PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner told the board all PCAD staff were now trained on the vents and would participate in ongoing training as well. PCAD Medical Director Dr. David Gustafson said the ventilators were “well worth the investment.”

“Before (PCAD personnel) had to manually bag a patient while they were being transferred, and if you’re going a long distance, say to Columbia or Kansas City, that can be exhausting for the medic and a risk for the patient,” Gustafson said. “Now the ventilators can be connected right to the intubation tube, allowing the medic to focus on other patient care aspects.

Gustafson said Bothwell Regional Health Center employees were “very impressed” with the PCAD ventilators and that the district is now “leading the way in critical patient care. This will definitely make a big difference on our ability to safely transfer critical patients.”

Gardner told the board he plans to budget the district’s finances so eventually a ventilator would be in all six of the district’s ambulance fleet.

PCAD, SPD merger complete

With only a few bumps in the road, the merger between the Pettis County Ambulance District and Sedalia Police Department dispatch systems is complete. After several months of planning, the merger went live at 8 a.m., Feb. 2 “without a hitch,” said PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner.

“The initial switch-over went well and since then we’ve had just a few glitches which I think is to be expected,” Gardner told the PCAD Board of Directors during their regular meeting Tuesday. “We knew there would be some trials and errors but all the (departments) are working well together.”

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PCAD, SPD merger nearly complete

The proposed merger between the Pettis County Ambulance District and the Sedalia Police Department’s dispatched services is nearing completion, after the PCAD Board of Directors heard an update on the project during a January 20 work session.

SPD Cmdr. Matt Wirt told the board dispatchers would be ready go to live at 8 a.m., February 2. PCAD announced last fall that it would change to using SPD services from its current Morgan County dispatchers to help shorten response time and streamline emergency services in the area. Wirt, PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner, and other area emergency services personnel have been working extensively on the project to ensure a smooth transition.

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