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At the heart of the matter

Speedy emergency care at Jackson

In the world of emergency medicine, time is crucial. And now that we are using a new data translator system, time is on our side.

Patients can rest assured that critical patient information is being sent in record time to the Jackson Hospital emergency room (ER) once the local emergency medical services (EMS) is on the scene. This can save lives!

The new Rosetta-Lt™ ECG and Data Translator system, part of the CAREPoint™ EMS Workstation, is fast and reliable. It’s a completely different approach to data transmission—one that will help speed up care once a patient has arrived in the Jackson Hospital emergency room.

How does it work?

“The beauty of this device is, with the cooperation from our local EMS, we can now transmit 12-lead EKGs from a patient’s home,” said Sylvia Thompson, RN, director of emergency services at Jackson. “So if you are having a heart attack and call 911, when the first responders arrive, they can perform an EKG at your house, which takes minutes, and immediately we are able to see it in the ER.”
 
When the EMS team arrives on the scene, they plug their new data translator system into a two-way radio, Nextel cell phone or the patient’s phone—either directly with a cable or using a built-in acoustic coupler. The data is then cap-tured and transferred on the spot.

The translator device is compact, lightweight and rugged, allowing for easy transportation.

Back at the hospital

With fast transmission and only one button to press to receive the information, a physician back in the emergency room can obtain a fully formatted printout within one minute. If the patient is, in fact, having a heart attack, that shows up on the EKG printout.

The ER staff can then call the cath lab team before the patient arrives. And as a result, the cath lab team can be ready and waiting at the hospital when the patient arrives or shortly thereafter.

“Before this new system was installed, you would have to arrive in the ER, then we would perform the EKG and then the cath lab team would be called,” Thompson said. “With this new system, we’re able to treat cardiac patients in record time. It’s amazing technology that we are proud to offer our patients.”
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