SAVING LIVES WITH SPEED - Chuck Premer
shows off a Physio-Control Lifepak 12.
...Time is heart muscle," explained Chuck Premer, paramedic and marketing and public relations supervisor for Rockford Ambulance.
Paramedics have been trained in the use of newly upgraded cardiac monitors, the Physio-Control Lifepak 12.
"Things go so fast," explained Premer
."It's our goal to have heart attack victims to teams in the ER in ten minutes or less."With ECG readings reaching hospitals as soon as the paramedics adminster the procedure, it is possible to begin assembly of a surgical team immediately.The cell phone technology can also be used to transmit other patient information to make treatment faster and more effective.
"You can send information about allergies, the patients medical background, other vital information," Premer
noted."It's a smooth, seamless method of sending information."Premer
said there isn't an easy answer to how rescue workers are able to function in life or death situations.
joked that improvements to paramedic rescue include many changes, from electricity to paperless technology to the change vinyl gloves, away from latex gloves."We are really like mobile ER units," Premer