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Advanced Life Support/Paramedics

Lowell General Hospital Paramedics bring compassionate high quality medical care directly to the scene of medical emergencies throughout the Greater Lowell area in cooperation and conjunction with our local 9-1-1 first responders and Basic Life Support ambulance services. Advanced Life Support care provided by Lowell General Hospital Paramedics is overseen by strong physician medical control and quality assurance based at Lowell General Hospital.

The Lowell General Hospital Paramedics provide primary 9-1-1 paramedic emergency response to the City of Lowell, and the towns of Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford. This makes Lowell General Hospital the provider of the second largest population serviced 9-1-1 ALS paramedic response system in Massachusetts. The response area encompasses a mix of high-density urban, suburban and rural areas.

The Lowell General Hospital Paramedics have brought some of the most sophisticated pre-hospital lifesaving medical care available to the Greater Lowell area. In 1996, Greater Lowell EMS paramedics piloted paramedic Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI) in Massachusetts."RSI" is a specialized lifesaving procedure for patients suffering from severe trauma and breathing difficulties. Since 1996, hundreds of adults and children have been saved by paramedics performing specialized "RSI" procedures at critical emergency scenes in the community. Due to the complexity and skill level required, only a few highly skilled regional paramedic teams, such as Lowell General Hospital Paramedics, are permitted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to perform RSI. We are proud to offer this enhanced and proven life-saving program to our community.

The Lowell General Hospital Paramedics also bring a high-level of cardiac care to every heart patient. Our paramedics receive intensive education on cardiology far surpassing standard paramedic education. Lowell General Hospital Paramedics rapidly diagnose heart attacks in the field and activate our heart attack teams before the heart attack patient arrives at the hospital. When possible, Lowell General Hospital Paramedics developed a "Green Light" program to transport heart attack patients directly from the scene to the Lowell General Hospital cardiac catheterization laboratory. This further speeds the opening of a blocked artery causing a heart attack.

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