Ambulance units that service South Lake Tahoe and Meyers recently upgraded their equipment.
By utilizing Bluetooth technology included in their Zoll monitors, their new Blackberry phones provide a Bluetooth signal to send the EKG heart readings immediately to the ER physician (securely encrypted) via email, fax and weblink, according to a press release from the city.
The American Heart Association recommends the time from encountering a patient to the time the patient is under treatment at a cardiac cath lab to be 90 minutes or less (AHA, 2012). By including this new equipment, an ECG can be interpreted by the ER physician to confirm the presence of a heart attack and recommend transport to the closest cath lab.
The Cal Tahoe Joint Power Association provides funding for three ambulance units on the south shore, which are a part of The City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department and Lake Valley Fire Districts. There are two ambulance units within the city of South Lake Tahoe, and one in the Meyers / El Dorado County jurisdiction. All three ambulance units are currently using this new equipment funded by the Cal Tahoe JPA. The Cal Tahoe JPA recently, unanimously decided to purchase this equipment in an effort to allow the ambulance service to provide the best possible care.
For informatoin, contact City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department engineer/paramedic Kim George at 530-307-9596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.