Fluid Warmers Placed On All Jackson County
In 2000, Jackson County EMS realized the need to equip all of
it's ambulances with IV fluid warmers due to many of the ambulances being stationed outside. Keeping IV
fluids in a fluid warmer, Paramedics were able to continue to appropriately care for patients by
administering IV fluids that were warmer than had the fluids been left out in the truck to reach the ambient
temperature in the trucks which commonly was near or equal to the temperature outside the
Administering cold fluids to many, especially elderly and geriatric patients, would
potentially place patients into hypothermia. Cold fluids are also known to increase cardiac irritability which
could have produced life threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Before fluid warmers, Paramedics would have to carry
IV fluids into the station during cold weather to prevent the fluids from becoming too cold outside. Often,
Paramedics would have to place IV fluids on the dashboard and turn the defrost on high to warm up
the cold IV fluids while they would respond to a call.
Today, all Jackson County
ambulances have onboard fluid warmers which keep IV fluids just above the normal body temperature. Depending
on the problem the patient is experiencing, Paramedics can administer the warmed fluids or other fluids that
are kept at room temperature when administering IV fluids is indicated.