New Ambulance Equipment

By Mary Wilson | marwilson@wutr.tv

Published 03/27 2014 06:26PM

Updated 03/28 2014 12:47PM

New ambulance equipment is coming to area hospitals that could save lives. It's made possible through a 120-thousand-dollar grant from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield to the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute The equipment in the ambulances will transmit EKG results from patients directly to hospitals. That way, doctors can tell if the person suffered a heart-attack and have time to prepare.
"The hospital has plenty of time to mobilize their team, get everything ready, the physician can look at this know exactly what's coming through the door and then ideally when we arrive, we are greeted at the door we go directly up to the cath lab where the physicians can mitigate the situation and save heart muscle," said Vinny Faraone, the regional EMS Clinical Coordinator.
"As a not for profit insurer and to give back to the community what we do is we try to find partners, multiple partners, that we give money over a multiple year and it has to have outcome measures that improve the quality of life," said Eve Van de Wal, the regional president of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The equipment will be installed in 37 ambulances throughout Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties.

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