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Paramedics in the Dominican Republic learn through simulations of emergency situations with supplies and equipment provided by Matter.

Having well-trained paramedics is something that is easy to take for granted, and proper training equipment is an essential piece of developing these vital health care providers. In the city of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic, first responders were recently given foundational emergency medical education by a local group of Minnesotans. Students from the Spring Lake Park Opportunities in Emergency Care program turned to Matter to receive the supplies they needed to complete their training in this project.

The Spring Lake Park Opportunities in Emergency care is a magnet program offered by the Spring Lake Park School District to students and young adults interested in learning Emergency Medical skills. This summer in San Juan de la Maguana, the group provided local Paramedics in San Juan de la Maguana with a foundation of emergency medical education and advanced technical skills training. The ambulance service is based out of the newly completed Clinica Christiana.

The extensive curriculum incorporated lessons in patient assessment and the management of a wide variety of traumatic and medical emergencies. Highly interactive lessons and in-hospital clinical experiences stressed critical thinking and decision making, especially during times of limited resources. Paramedic students had the opportunity become proficient in providing safe and reliable treatment to patients during the initial, most critical phase of patient stabilization.

Matter is delighted to be a part of projects like this, which invigorate the local community and empower those already on the ground to do their jobs even better.

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