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Peterborough ambulance gets ultrasound machines

  • The Peterborough Select Board talks about two new ultrasound machines for the Fire and Rescue Association. Staff photo by Ashley Saari



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Peterborough ambulances will soon be integrating a new tool to help assess patients, after accepting a donation of two new hand-held ultrasound machines.

The Peterborough Fire and Rescue Association, which supports the department, in part through fundraising, and in part through a grant, purchased two Clarius wireless ultrasound machines for the department, which were officially accepted during a Select Board meeting on Tuesday. 

The machines are able to connect wirelessly to almost any smartphone or tablet through Wi-Fi, Ambulance Director Josh Patrick told the Select Board. It allows Paramedics and EMTs to do things like access injuries of accident victims to provide more immediate treatment, to see if blood is pooling in areas of the body, or if the heart is contracting strongly enough.

“They’re not invasive,” said Patrick. “Unlike an X-ray, where you get irradiated with X-rays, this is like a whale or a bat. It sends out the waves, and what bounces back, you can see.”

The ultrasounds will be put to use after the ambulance team is trained in their use, according to Paramedic Tim Quinn. 

In other ambulance news, the ambulance is also poised to launch a telemedicine program in collaboration with Goffstown and Catholic Medical Center to access stroke patients. While Monadnock Community Hospital is able to treat stroke patients, it is not a stroke center, explained Fire Chief Ed Walker at the Select Board meeting Tuesday. There are some instances, particularly with hem·or·rhag·ic strokes, where it is more appropriate for patients to be transported to Catholic Medical Center. Through the telemedicine system, the patient can be assessed remotely by a Catholic Medical Center physician, who can do a patient interview and determine if the patient should be transported directly to Catholic Medical Center, saving time. This program is set to launch next week. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.