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Upton seeking to shore up advanced ambulance service

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 14, 2008 07:53 AM

Upton's director of emergency services is scheduled to propose a new partnership today that will restore advanced life support ambulance service, which the town has been without since last month.

Upton does not offer its own advanced life support service, meaning that local emergency crews cannot intubate patients or administer intravenous medications on the way to the hospital and must meet up en route with ambulance crews capable of administering advanced care. Milford Regional Medical Center, which used to provide the service to the town, stopped running advanced life support crews last month, and the town has been using a patchwork of replacement services ever since.

Emergency Medical Services director Brian Kemp is scheduled to will meet with selectmen today to suggest a permanent partnership with Alert Ambulance Service, which operates a Milford office, to intercept patients who require advanced life support.

-- Calvin Hennick

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