Kansas fire department using new tech to track COVID-19 patients' vitals from a distance

  • Source: WDAF-TV FOX 4 Kansas City
  • Published: 05/12/2020 12:00 AM

The Olathe Fire Station is the first EMS departments in the country to begin remotely monitoring coronavirus patients. The department has teamed up with a global tech company, Masimo SafetyNet. "There have been some hospital systems using it, but we are the first EMS agency," Olathe Fire Department Medical Director Dr. Jake Ruthstrom said. "It's very humbling. We appreciate the partnership, and we are excited to use it." During the COVID-19 pandemic, some consider this device groundbreaking. As hospitals scramble to find rooms for patients, this new tool is meant to save space. "It helps keep people out of the clinic and the hospital for ongoing follow-up because they have an extra source of security as far as how they are doing, how their symptoms are doing, how they are breathing," Olathe Fire Department nurse practitioner Whitney Venegoni said.


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