In emergency situations, sometimes being able to fire off a medical report to the doctors ASAP could be the difference between life and death, and that’s exactly what Captiva Island firefighters will now be able to do. The firefighters are currently being equipped with iPads along with an app that can not only call up a patient’s medical records during an emergency (i.e. allergies, medical history, what sort of medication they’re on, etc) but will also be able to create medical reports that would normally take anywhere between 10-20 minutes to write.
As the nearest hospital is Health Park in Fort Myers, this is simply time that they cannot waste. Reports can either be printed straight from the truck itself or a digital copy can be sent straight to the doctors in the hospital where doctors will know what to do and prepare themselves before the patient arrives. According to Lt. Bart Lally, “We’re able to transport the data to the hospital so the hospital knows exactly what’s going on with the patient, what’s been done, time-stamped and everything before the patient even gets there.”
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