Doctor promotes Colonie EMS' success

"I think all we can really do is demonstrate our success on a director level and work with other agencies' management team to work with other development systems of care," he said, adding that New York State law has made it difficult for towns to make these improvements. "Part of the problem is part of the Article 30 Public Health Law makes it difficult to develop systems that allow EMS care."

He added that each town has their own way of performing CPR, and that it is hard to make immediate and drastic changes.

"We've got people that have been doing CPR for one way for 20 years, and you can't change it right away," he said. "They have to be little changes over time."

Dailey stresses that every citizen should learn how to do CPR to create a safer environment.

The inevitability of losing a patient is something that must be kept in the minds of EMT's, Dailey said, but at least act as if there is a chance the person will live. When transporting a patient to the hospital, he said Colonie EMS will take the CPR device to the patients side and will transport after they are able to get a pulse back, adding that EMT's must act as though the incident will not turn into a terminal event.

"You can't lose sight of the fact that some people will die," he said, "but some people that have the potential to continue to leave and have meaningful live, we wanted to make sure they have as meaningful a life as possible.""

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