Preventive Health Care Programs

This is a community's first line of defense against disease. In 1999, the EMS Division instituted a community vascular awareness program for seniors. Each week, Department paramedics monitor the blood pressure of hundreds of patients and record the data for future use.

Cordarone, a promising drug with the potential of restarting a heart that has stopped, was added to our treatment protocols. Miramar Fire-Rescue was the first Department in Florida to administer this new drug in the field. The Department is participating in a pre-hospital thrombolytic study in conjunction with Harvard University.

Miramar Fire-Rescue paramedics instituted an advanced airway protocol using paralytic drug therapy to manage complex airways. These expanded care elements are components that place Miramar Fire-Rescue among the nation's premier fire-rescue systems.