"Excited delirium" class inspires EMS/police dialogue

Posted on: July 10, 2012

Bath salts are not just for bathing anymore, said Dr. Jay Kovar, medical director of PHI AIR MedicalService, at his presentation at College of the Mainland. Speaking to about 85 area medics, firefighters, nurses, police officers and an FBI agent, Kovar warned about the current threat of illegal drugs called bath salts. He explained how to recognize symptoms of drug usage (the drug-induced state is called “excited delirium”) and how to handle a situation involving a drug user.
“It was a great cross-talk, getting everyone from police and medical fields on the same page,” said Julianne Duncan, director of EMS training at COM. “In fact, it’s inspired a whole ‘mixer’ series.”

The next class will discuss how EMS and police can better understand each other and better serve suicidal patients. It will be held Wednesday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Bath salts is a trend that has hit home in the Texas City community. One attendee was a man whose stepbrother died in an incident involving bath salts. “It just brings to the forefront the need to know as much as we can about this stuff,” said Duncan.

For more information about EMS continuing education classes and upcoming presentations, visit www.com.edu/continuing-education or call 409-933-8198.

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