Ultrasound on the go
Paramedics will begin transmitting ultrasound images from the field to JPS today in a pilot program to determine if identifying internal bleeding sooner can save lives.
Participating paramedics from the Hurst and Bedford fire departments and DFW Airport Police took their final skills exam last week with trauma surgeon Raj Gandhi, MD, PhD, medical director of the Level I Trauma Center at JPS.
Paramedics will use portable ultrasound to look for signs of internal bleeding in the abdomen and pelvis, and transmit images to the hospital while patients are en route. If physicians concur, patients may bypass the emergency department and go directly to surgery upon arrival.
JPS is the largest of five hospitals participating in the trial, along with North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, Baylor Medical Center at Irving and Las Colinas Medical Center.