Yadkin County Emergency Services: EMS Division Receives PAPR's (Powered Air Purifying Respirators) 

October, 2020

In another phase towards boosting Yadkin County Emergency Services - EMS Division’s response to COVID-19, County EMS units are now utilizing Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR’s) on 911 calls where patients are suspected of having, or known to have, COVID-19 as well as other highly infectious respiratory diseases.EMS Picture with PAPR

The PAPR units include a battery operated blower that draws air through a high efficiency filter which then is carried to a full-face piece that the provider is wearing. This system offers greater protection than the N-95 mask that were being used, as well as greater comfort for the provider.

“The N-95 mask will filter out up to 95% of particulates in the air whereas these PAPR units will filter out up to 99.97% particulates within the air. Not only that, but the PAPR units are actually driving air into the helmet which makes for much more comfort when compared to the N-95 mask” says Chris Bolden, Emergency Services Operations Manager.

These PAPR’s were obtained by Yadkin County using federal grants designated for the fight against COVID-19. The PAPR units and filters were built by 3M.EMS Picture with PAPR


Yadkin County EMS Receives Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Award for Cardiac Care During 911 Calls


Yadkin County, N.C., (AUGUST 2020) – Yadkin County Emergency Medical Services has accepted the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus award. This award was achieved by meeting key benchmarks with cardiac care during 911 calls by EMS. This was Yadkin County’s first time applying for the award and the Silver Plus recognition is the highest achievement that can be obtained for a new applicant. 


According to the American Heart Association, every year more than 250,000 people experience what is knownEMS Silver Plus Award  as a ST elevation myocardial infarction (referred to as a “STEMI” in the medical community) which blocks the flow of blood to the heart causing heart muscle damage and death if left untreated. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow back to the heart as quickly and promptly as possible. Yadkin County EMS has been working to do just that. In addition to the regular treatment protocols Yadkin County EMS has for patients suffering with a heart attack, the service has also achieved several evidence-based benchmarks recognized by the American Heart Association as being critical in ensuring good patient outcomes. These benchmarks include recognizing a heart attack with a cardiac monitor within the first 10 minutes of EMS/patient contact, quick notification to the hospital of a recognized heart attack, and prompt scene times so that the patient can be treated at the hospital in a timely manner.


“Time is a very important thing when it comes to these types of calls,” said Chris Bolden, Operations Manager for Emergency Services. “The quicker we can recognize a heart attack, and the quicker we can get them to the hospital, the better chance they have of surviving." 


Chris Bolden added, “We are very proud of our crews and of our service for this accomplishment. This recognition by the American Heart Association shows that our agency is able to provide this type of care for our community, which is a great thing."

EMS Crew with cardiac monitor