VIDEO: When it comes to saving a life, every second counts and new technology is helping first responders across Southwest Virginia cut down that time as they bring patients to the emergency room.
“The saying is: ‘Time is muscle, time is brain cells,’” Salem Fire-EMS Battalion Chief Teddy Crowe said.
Now, new real-time technology being used by the Salem Fire-EMS department is hoping to make that line of communication smoother.
“They can be working on their diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient ever arrives,” Crowe said.
The system allows paramedics to send important patient information in real-time and it’s sent directly to staff at LewisGale Medical Center.
“It allows the ED to prepare whatever rooms, trauma rooms or whatever, to really take the best care of that patient,” Regional Vice President, Cardiovascular Services at Lewisgale Medical Center Michele Gillespie said.