June 28, 2016
Kamloops Fire Rescue Trained for Naloxone Administration
Kamloops, B.C. – Beginning July 1st, 2016, Kamloops Fire Rescue will have the ability to administer Naloxone.
The goal of administering Naloxone to the vulnerable patient populations is to prevent death and disability by reversing an opioid overdose.
Naloxone in an antidote to opioid overdose. Opioid overdose can slow or stop breathing. Naloxone reverses this, restoring normal breathing and consciousness. Administering Naloxone can prevent death or brain damage from lack of oxygen during an opioid overdose.
Kamloops Fire Rescue firefighters are trained to recognize opiate overdose and respond appropriately. This response includes performing rescue breathing with bag valve mask ventilations and oral airway placement, placing the patient in the recovery position and administering Naloxone. These skills can keep someone alive until a higher level of care arrives.
Kamloops Fire Rescue is committed to providing the highest level of service to the citizens of Kamloops and having the ability to administer Naloxone will help to save lives.
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Mike Adams, Deputy Fire Chief
Kamloops Fire and Rescue