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Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Murphy
Paramedic Program, Class of ‘15
Where You'll Find Him Now
I am currently working two jobs at this time. I am a Full-Time Paramedic at Malta-Stillwater EMS and a Part-Time Paramedic at Clifton Park-Halfmoon EMS. As a paramedic, I am the highest level of prehospital care in New York State. Both jobs require me to follow multiple protocols set forth by a regional organization consisting of multiple prehospital providers and emergency room doctors. The SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program required our class to be knowledgeable on all medications and procedures that a paramedic may need to use in the field.
“My actions directly led to this patient living and walking out of the hospital a week later. "
Though it may sound cliché, I owe everything to the professors and lab staff of the SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program. The knowledge and skills I gained through my twelve months in Wheeler Hall will stay with me for the rest of my life. The professors and the lab staff expected nothing but excellence from all students. Any mistake we would make or any question we may have would be made into a teaching point that would further our education. I can say that they molded me into the paramedic I am today.
Our class was required to do a field internship at an ambulance agency. At the recommendation of the staff and professors at the SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program, I chose an agency that was not the one where I am currently employed. Branching out with the support of the staff and professors led me to having a field internship that exceeded not only the faculty's expectations, but my own as well.
Experience in the Field
One case that sticks out in my mind was, as luck would have it, the first call of the first day I was credentialed to work as a Paramedic at one of my agencies. My partner and I had a patient who was complaining of chest pain which turned out was being caused by a heart attack. I did a mental check list of all things that needed to be accomplished while we were performing excellent patient care. The checklist included giving medication, starting an intravenous line for venous access, transmitting the EKG (electrical activity of the heart) to a local hospital to confirm the patient was having a heart attack, and calling an emergency room doctor and providing them with any updates we have with the patient's condition.
During our trip to the hospital, I noticed the patient's EKG changed and the patient passed out. It turns out the patient went into cardiac arrest in front of me. Without thinking, since I had already placed defibrillator pads on the patient, I charged the defibrillator to a certain energy setting and defibrillated the patient without hesitation. Approximately ten seconds of CPR was performed on the patient when he regained consciousness.
My actions directly led to this patient living and walking out of the hospital a week later. After the call, I realized that I had a lab scenario while I was at SUNY Cobleskill that had the exact sequence of events with a similar outcome. It amazed me that I fell back onto my training without even wondering what actions to perform.
Students, Take Note
The knowledge and skills I learned from the experienced staff at the program will last a lifetime. All of the faculty will do everything in their own power to have their students succeed in this program. Every life I make even the smallest amount of difference in is a testament to the SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program. I owe every to the professors and to all of the lab staff.