“It was important to Governor Justice to recognize our entire EMS workforce, and through brainstorming ideas, we thought emergency bags could really help responders who are first on the scene.,” said Dr. Cynthia Persily, vice chancellor for health sciences, Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. “Volunteer EMTs can even keep the bags in their car and use them to help provide care while waiting for an ambulance to arrive,”
Last year, Governor Justice approached Persily and her team to help take ownership of the initiative and expand the EMS workforce in the state.
As the largest privately-held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, Medline began working with HealthNet Aeromedical Services in June to source the customized bags containing 41 different items, including gauze, bandages, gloves, EPR masks, different types of nasal and mouth airways, chest seal and tourniquets.
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“We are honored to have had the opportunity to participate in this project,” said Brantley Johnson, Medline EMS account manager, based out of West Virginia. “We are always looking at new ways to rally around the EMS sector and implement new initiatives that create an empowered workforce. We could not have done this without the support of our supply partners who worked so hard to source all the items needed to fill the kits.”