When every minute counts:
Paramedics from the
Farmington Hills Fire
a patient for trauma care.
Who says doctors don’t make house calls anymore? For nearly four years, emergency physicians at Botsford Hospital have been making the rounds to local firehouses. The purpose of those visits? To offer additional clinical training and feedback to emergency medical service (EMS) providers. The goal is to improve care in the field, which can lead to more lives saved in emergencies, such as stroke, trauma, and heart attacks.
The need is there
The collaboration began when physicians created an EMS liaison program, says Sanford J. Vieder, D.O., Botsford’s Emergency and Trauma Center medical director. In the liaison program, physicians work with each of the primary EMS agencies. On a regular basis, they develop and present lectures on a key topic, which are followed by question-and-answer sessions. And this, says Dr. Vieder, "has given us an opportunity to really get to know the paramedics."
In the case of stroke, EMS plays a role in helping to ensure that patients get timely treatment with clot-busting drugs at Botsford’s primary stroke center. Based on evidence obtained in the field, an arriving heart attack patient may go straight to the hospital’s cardiac cath (catheter) lab for artery-opening treatment. This saves time—and heart muscle.
"Another area we focus on is trauma care," Dr. Vieder says. As a verified level 2 trauma center, Botsford provides a high level of services. Physicians and EMS providers often talk about "mechanism of injury"—those important clues gathered from an accident scene. "It gives our trauma surgeons better information—and that leads to better care," Dr. Vieder says. The partnership has strengthened relationships between physicians and EMS providers—but the biggest impact is in the community. "The patients we serve are the ones who reap the benefits of all of these things we do to help improve care," Dr. Vieder says. "They’re the real winners."
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