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Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
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Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
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Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
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Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
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Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
November 15, 2007
Albany - To the untrained eye, they may not look like much more than cool new gadgets, but to medical professionals, the latest and greatest medical technology can save lives. Emergency medical workers are learning about how they can incorporate the newest devices into everyday practices to keep you alive.
It's one of the most common calls Emergency workers receive. A patient is having a heart attack and needs CPR. "With manual CPR," says Beverly Kretz, "If you do it perfectly, you get 10-20% blood flow to the heart and 30-40% to the brain and that's if you do it perfectly, consistently. With autopulse, you get 100% blood flow during a cariac arrest."
Making the chances of survival for a patient much greater, and giving the one paramedic a chance to tend to other problems with the patient, and hold on for safety as well.
"For some paramedics especially in rural areas where they are short-handed," said Kretz, "this is the equivalent of the person."
And this may be even better than another person: a hydraulic ambulance cot, that can lift a 500 pound person without assistance. "Now how much does something like this cost?" "Under $12,000. Somewhere between $11,000 and $12,000 depending on how it's equipped." "And when your talking workers comp, it could be well worth it." "Yeah, " said Jamie Witham with Stryker. "If your talking about a spinal injury, easily exceeds $10,000 per claim and that's just a minor injury."
While most of us hope we never have to go for a ride in an ambulance, if we do, especially here in Dougherty County, we can have the assistance of something like this-a Stryker PowerPro. If you are transported, it's easier on the paramedic because they can life you without having to do the "heavy lifting" and it won't cause as much jarring.
And here's another handy tool for paramedics. This measures Carbon Monoxide in the blood within seconds, letting medical workers if they need to transport a patient or if they can treat on the scene. "The other great use is for firefighter rehab," said Tim Rado, "When you are into a building fighting a fire, come out, you know right away whether you can send them back in or not."
All neat, cool new trends that could have life-saving results. While a lot of the new technology in medical equipment is more expensive, medical workers say you can't put a price tag on saving lives.