Riverside donates to Accomack and Northampton counties for critical EMS equipment
(left to right) Larry Lemond, Northampton County Board of Supervisors; Dr. David Jones, Riverside Health System Regional Service Line Chief for the Eastern Shore; Jeff Terwilliger, Director, Accomack County Department of Public Safety; Dr. Susan McAndrews, Administrator, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital; Hollye Carpenter, Northampton County EMS Director/Chief and Coordinator of Emergency Management; Dr. Richard Hatch, EMS Operational Medical Director; Beverly Misuna, Director of Patient Care Services, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital; and Sharon Dunnagan, Director of Critical Care Services, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.
For people having a heart attack or stroke, quick treatment provides the best outcome. The sooner oxygen to the brain can be restored, the better the patient's chances of recovery. In rural areas like the
The Emergency Medical Services teams from
"Limited grant funding has challenged us with placing fully-capable LifePak 15 combined monitor/defibrillators in service countywide. This donation will help us continue our project to upgrade all units, offering all features possible, enhancing our tools to assess and care for our patients," said Hollye Carpenter from the Northampton EMS. "This equipment is considered the new standard in emergency care. Capnography is the vital sign of ventilation. It provides information on the level of carbon dioxide in your blood – information that greatly assists
The difference that residents will see is an increased ability to give the best care when the ambulance arrives and to make the call in the field on where to send the patient. Based on the monitor's assessment of how much carbon dioxide is in the patient's bloodstream, the paramedics will have data to help them decide whether to send the patient to the hospital for stabilization or to call a helicopter transport to get in the air to a Level-1 Trauma Center.
"With this equipment,
"We couldn't have better partners in serving the Shore. Our local volunteer and paid
In addition to the donation to the
In 2012, the Riverside Foundation also donated funds for
"We are glad to support the community," said Misuna. "Helping local first responders have the latest and greatest tools is one way that we can help patients access emergency care as fast as possible, and we are glad to do it."
Published: January 20, 2014