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Daring Rescue Earns Award for Grundy EMS

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

Grundy Emergency Medical Service was recently awarded the 2016 Trauma Call of the Year. Southeastern Emergency Medical Services Director’s Association (SEEMSDA) presented Grundy EMS, Paramedic Dakota Campbell, and Paramedic Ciera Sudbrock with the award during the awards banquet at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on March 9.

The award honored the paramedics for the daring rescue of an injured hiker.

On January 16, 2016, while exploring a cave in the Altamont area, a 22-year-old male received multiple injuries after falling 25 feet.

Grundy EMS crew members, Paramedic Dakota Campbell and Paramedic Ciera Sudbrock responded to the 911 call. After hiking approximately four miles through the woods and cave, then descending down a 25 foot drop, the crew made contact with the patient.

The initial assessment revealed he was unresponsive with severe head trauma as well as a possible tension pneumothorax and hemothorax. After the crew assessed, immobilized, and stabilized the patient he was extricated by High Angle Rescue and then transported to the ambulance.

Due to the significant injuries and complications of the patient many interventions were performed including Rapid Sequence Induction, intubation, and needle decompression. The patient was then transported by Air EVAC to Vanderbilt Emergency Department.

The patient was diagnosed with multiple fractures including a skull fracture with severe swelling to the brain. A craniectomy was performed and surgeries to repair other fractures. Following a lengthy hospital stay the patient was discharged and has made a complete recovery.

During the four and a half hour call, these Paramedics demonstrated tremendous diligence by hiking, repelling, and successfully performing all clinical skills while showing compassion for the patient and teamwork with other agencies.

These Paramedics, as well as all Grundy EMS, have made a commitment and are dedicated to their profession and their county that resulted in a positive outcome for this patient.