Fire Department In Arkansas First In The Nation To Have New Technology In Ambulances

  • Source: KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith
  • Published: 09/13/2019 12:00 AM

The Bella Vista Fire and EMS Department continues to pave the way in emergency medicine in Arkansas, and now in the nation. This week the department launched cerebral oximetry machines in two ambulances. This is the first time an EMS service in the U.S. has provided this technology in an ambulance. According to EMS Coordinator Leon Lieutard, the technology allows paramedics to monitor blood flow to the brain in real-time. It allows the brain activity of those who are sedated to be monitored in order to ensure positive outcomes. Lieutard says it will provide a higher standard of care. The monitor can be used in situations such as cardiac arrest, traumatic brain injuries or any time a patient’s airway has been compromised.


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