First responders consider more precautions answering overdose calls

November 3, 2019 posted by


MAYTAL: A FAIRBORN PARAMEDIC IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT AFTER ACCIDENTALLY OVERDOSING ON AN OPIOID – WHILE RESPONDING TO AN OVERDOSE CALL. POLICE SAY THE MEDIC WAS TREATED WITH NARCAN BY A COLLEAGUE RESPONDING TO THE SCENE. 2 NEWS REPORTER KRISTEN ESKOW IS FOLLOWING THIS DEVELOPING STORY AND SPOKE WITH FIRST RESPONDERS IN FAIRBORN. KRISTEN INTRO: “FIRST RESPONDERS IN FAIRBORN SAY THEY TAKE PRECAUTIONS LIKE WEARING GLOVES ON ALL OVERDOSE CALLS. BUT NOW – THEY’RE CONSIDERING TAKING THOSE PROTECTIONS A STEP FURTHER.” IT’S A CALL POLICE SAY HAS BECOME TOO ROUTINE – SAVING SOMEONE AFTER A DRUG OVERDOSE. BUT THIS TIME – A PERSON TREATING THE PATIENT – ALSO BECAME A PATIENT. ROB ANDERSON – FAIRBORN CITY MANAGER: “ONE OF OUR FIREFIGHTERS BECAME A LITTLE DISORIENTED.”CITY MANAGER ROB ANDERSON SAYS FOR THESE CALLS – PARAMEDICS OFTEN RESPOND IN TWO-PERSON CREWS. SO ONE PARAMEDIC – BECAME IN CHARGE OF TWO PATIENTS.ROB ANDERSON: “BOTH THE PERSON WHO WENT ON THE INITIAL OVERDOSE CALL AND THEN HIS PARTNER IN THE CAR AND HE TREATED BOTH OF THOSE FLAWLESSLY.” DAVE REICHERT – DIVISION CHIEF, FAIRBORN FIRE DEPARTMENT: “THE DRUGS OUT THERE COME IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS, AND IT’S TOUGH TO SPOT THEM ALL THE TIME.”FIRE DIVISION CHIEF DAVE REICHERT SAYS WITH OPIOIDS BEING MIXED TOGETHER AND BECOMING MORE POWERFUL – IT’S NOT AS EASY TO SPOT POWERFUL SUBSTANCES SUCH AS FENTANYL – THAT CAN CAUSE A FIRST RESPONDER TO OVERDOSE. DAVE REICHERT: “DOES THAT MEAN THAT THEY DO WEAR MASKS WHEN THEY GO IN, EYE PROTECTION, ON ALL CALLS WHEN IT COMES TO OVERDOSE OR SUSPECTED? IT ABSOLUTELY MAY.” IT’S THOSE KINDS OF CHANGES FIRST RESPONDERS IN FAIRBORN ARE NOW CONSIDERING. POLICE SAY WITH GREATER ACCESS TO NARCAN – OVERDOSE CALLS ARE DOWN IN THE CITY – BUT THAT DOESN’T LOWER THE RISKS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS. THEY’RE NOW TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT KINDS OF PROTECTIONS – ARE PRACTICAL. TERRY BENNINGTON – OPERATIONS CAPTAIN, FAIRBORN POLICE DEPARTMENT: “IT’S BECOMING AN ISSUE. I DON’T KNOW THAT WE HAVE BIG ENOUGH CARS TO CARRY ALL OF THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WE REALLY NEED.”KRISTEN TAG: “FIREFIGHTERS TELL ME WHEN ONE OF THESE INCIDENTS HAPPEN – FIRST RESPONDERS ALSO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF DECONTMINATING THEMSELVES OF THE SUBSTANCE. THAT OFTEN INVOLVES SHOWERING AND BAGGING AND DISPOSING OF THEIR UNIFORMS. KRISTEN ESKOW, 2 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU.”

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