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.

(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 Northampton and Accomack counties will soon be able to serve Shore residents even more effectively because of $12,500 donations from Riverside Health System to each county. 

 

"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 EMS providers.  It answers questions like:  'Is the patient being adequately ventilated?'  'Are they breathing too quickly or slowly?'" Carpenter said.

 

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, Northampton squads will be better equipped to help patients before they get to the Emergency Room door," said Beverly Misuna, Director of Patient Care Services at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

 

In Accomack County, Riverside's donation will fund the lion's share of a Lucas Pneumatic CPR Device for the County's Sprint vehicle, according to Jeff Terwilliger, Director of Public Safety.  This device performs high-quality chest compressions which can improve outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest patients.  "This device will be deployed on the County's Sprint quick response vehicle which is staffed by a single responder," said Terwilliger.  "The equipment's benefits are that one responder can start high-quality CPR, that the automated device frees up responders to provide other pre-hospital care such as establishing an airway or administering medicines, and that CPR can be provided during transport without having a provider stand up in the back of a moving ambulance."

 

"We couldn't have better partners in serving the Shore.  Our local volunteer and paid EMS personnel are a critical part of the health care safety net for residents.  The first responders provide excellent care in the field, the hospital provides exceptional care here, and then we work with the patient's health care team for their recovery as well.  It's a team effort, every day, and one that Riverside is proud to support," said Dr. Susan McAndrews, Riverside Shore Memorial's Administrator.

 

In addition to the donation to the EMS squads, Riverside Shore Memorial has recently provided training in using AEDs to the staff at the Eastern Shore Country Club, as well as offering additional CPR training.  Earlier this year, Riverside also provided disaster preparation education for EMS squads and other vital community resources.

 

In 2012, the Riverside Foundation also donated funds for Northampton County's ambulances to upgrade their equipment to fax a person's EKG results to the emergency department.  It means that before the patient gets to the Emergency Room, the EMS squad can send EKG results directly to the cardiologist on call, who can decide whether to "autolaunch" a helicopter to send the patient to a cardiac catheterization lab.  These additional tools make it possible for care in the field and care at the hospital to be coordinated and precise, a crucial component for serving the health care needs of rural areas.

 

"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



 

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