Ambulances Will Transmit Vital Signs to Hospitals

The Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority Board of Directors approved the purchase of three wifi modems that will enable information to be transmitted directly to the hospital.

The board met on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

“I am amazed that we are not doing this already,” said Board member Doug Coffman.

The modems attach to the heart monitors and transmit vital signs to doctors at West Virginia University Ruby Memorial Hospital, as well as Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital and Valley Health in Winchester, depending on where the patient is going.  

“It gives the cardiologist a heads up 20 to 25 minutes before the patient gets there,” said HCEAA Executive Director Derek Alt. “We can tell them what the vitals are, but they can look at the chart and almost tell which artery needs attention.”

“The modems will reduce error,” said Board Member and Medical Director Dr. Carmen Rexrode. “They will certainly improve patient care.”

The expenditure totaled $4,450.50 and included a one-year data plan.

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The next meeting of the Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the HCEAA Building in Baker. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.