Two local nonprofit partners to revolutionize rural emergency medical care

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – We are pleased to announce an exciting and innovative Emergency Medical Services project for the region. The two-year pilot research project, Point-of-Care Ultrasound, is being conducted by Rescue Inc. of Brattleboro and Townshend, Vt. and is funded by the Emergency Medical Services Fund Inc. of Dover, Vt. The PoCUS project, in conjunction with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center, will for the first time bring state-of-the-art ultrasound technology directly to the homes and accident scenes in our region.

The EMS Fund has award Rescue Inc. with two grants totaling $16,847. One grant, for $11,350, covers training and education for the paramedics involved in the PoCUS project. The second grant, for $5,497, covers the cost of a portable ultrasound device, software licenses, and multiyear warranty.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound has been assisting hospital-based providers with clinical decision making for years. This first in the state of Vermont project will evaluate the effectiveness of ultrasound in the prehospital environment by evaluating patient outcomes, costs, and the effectiveness of prehospital ultrasound.

Rescue Inc. paramedics are receiving extensive education in the use of ultrasound technology, patient administration, and evaluation of the readings. In addition to the initial training, the paramedics involved in the PoCUS project will have continuing education and evaluation of their skills during the two-year project.

It is our expectation that ultrasound technology administered in the field will improve patient outcomes by:

  • Ensuring patients are transferred to hospitals with the necessary facilities and personnel to treat the patient.
  • Reduce the time between patient arrival at the receiving facility and proper interventions being administered.
  • Ensuring treatment administered by paramedics in the field and during transport are having their desired effect.
  • Provide data and evidence for new and innovative treatments to be considered.

For more information about the PoCUS project, please visit www.pocus.EMSFund.org.

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