Dingmans Ferry, PA - Starting April 1, 2011, Pike County Advanced Life Support will introduce hemostatic agents to all of its emergency response units. These agents primarily used by the US Military are designed to help prevent severe blood loss in patients who suffer severe bleeding in any extremity.
This groundbreaking technology uses naturally occurring, inert minerals to activate the human body’s own clotting factors; mobilizing the body’s natural coagulation cascade, helping form an active, natural, and stable clot thus preventing severe blood loss. This treatment is applied through dressings and bandages impregnated with the blood-clotting
Currently, Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp is scheduled to also begin using this treatment on patients starting April 1st. Over the next year, PCALS will offer training to other local ambulance services that wish to carry this new treatment.
Pike County ALS and Delaware Township Ambulance will be the first services in the region to offer this new treatment. This treatment regimen is regulated by the regional Department of Health EMS Council, Emergency Medical Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania
based in Pittston.
Funding for this program is through a donation from Good Health Pharmacy located on Route 739 in Dingmans Ferry.
This treatment is in addition to other types of bleeding control products carried on PCALS units including commercial tourniquets that were introduced in October 2010. PCALS is a non-profit organization providing paramedic services to Blooming Grove Township, Delaware Township, Dingman Township, Greene Township, Lackawaxen Township, Milford Borough, Milford Township, Palmyra Township, Shohola Township, and in Wayne County, Hawley Borough and Palmyra Township. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 384 Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.