New ways to save lives

Guest speaker at the conference, Professor John French with clinical network co-ordinator Bridie Carr. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYNMORE than 200 doctors, nurses and paramedics gained insights on the latest technology to treat heart attack victims at an Albury conference on Friday and Saturday.

Topics covered clinical concepts and health initiatives that affect critical care services in rural and remote areas.

Convenor Audas Grant said an ECG reading service was a key issue.

“If you are in an ambulance, they could bluetooth a record of your ECG to the smartphone of a cardiologist to confirm immediately if it’s a heart attack,” he said.

“This allows paramedics to then do their job efficiently and accurately and improve quality as well as speed.”

Mr Grant said this telecommunication service would be established at remote hospitals with links to Wagga.

The Wagga hospital would be a hub where cardiologists would examine ECG results.

Mr Grant said Henty hospital already had the technology to transmit an ECG to smartphones.

“The conference has been a great opportunity to inform everyone where we are up to,” he said.

“It’s a great idea and it would be very hard to find somebody who is not keen on this sort of technology.”

Mr Grant said it was proposed to install the ECG technology and bluetooth capability in every ambulance vehicle and remote hospital in NSW by the end of the year.

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