Wheeling firefighters gearing up with tool expected to help with patient care

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WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – Wheeling firefighters are gearing up with a new tool they say could enhance patient care without getting up and personal.

It’s called a video laryngoscope and them the ability to look down into someone’s airway like they’ve always done before, just with more space between them and the patient.

Before Coronavirus, firefighters would do this and be much closer to the patient.

They can now stay back while helping someone who isn’t breathing, under cardiac arrest or chocking.

It means better outcomes hopefully for the patient, not so much us. It does give us the ability to stay out of their face with the Coronavirus, which is good for our Paramedics and EMTs, but also definitely it should hopefully, help us with patient care.

Jason Milton, EMS Officer, Wheeling Fire Department

The tool came in with the help of Coronavirus funding.

It’s only been in service a week, but firefighters haven’t had to use it yet.

Firefighters say this could work on adults, kids, or even someone as young as a baby.

The Wheeling Fire Department is hoping to secure funding for a second one for the fleet.

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