High tech equipment, the CT scan, working in conjunction with the ER, provides health professionals and doctors at ECH the detailed information necessary during an emergency situation.
Elizabethtown Community Hospital opened its doors to the community from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, to exhibit what it has to offer for emergency services.
Touring through the emergency room and emergency vehicles, the community got to experience and observe the state-of-the-art equipment used in emergency situations as well as the capabilities of the staff at Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH). ECH is designated by the federal government as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), which means it may not be able to treat certain injuries or ailments. But it is often the closest facility to respond, stabilize and then transport patients larger hospitals such as Fletcher Allen, in Vermont, and CVPH in Plattsburgh, NY.
In the emergency room, patients have the advantage of high-tech capabilities at ECH which include the newest CT Scan machine for miles around, the results of which can be shared with emergency room staff and doctors right away via computer, and trauma rooms that are able to be video-linked to Fletcher Allen doctors who can visually see the condition of patients in emergency situations.
Once the well-experienced emergency room staff has stabilized patients at ECH — and time means everything when faced with critical health — transport is necessary to get to other services.
“In critical situations, medical staff prefers that the patient be out of a hospital environment for the shortest time possible,” said Chief Nursing Officer, Bonnie Rata. “While in the hospital, the patient can be managed and stabilized — during transport, resources are much more limited.”
However, emergency responders, EMTs, and emergency vehicles are key to saving lives and saving time in critical situations to get in-need patients to facilities such as ECH to be stabilized, so that minimal damage occurs.
In the hospital parking lot, Emergency Medical Technicians, EMTs, were available to answer questions about what they do, to give tours of the emergency vehicles, and to showcase the different types of vehicles available for emergency situations.
“We’re here to show people what’s inside [the ambulance], and how we do stuff,” said Jack Napper.
Jack Napper and Courtney Brown, EMTs from Westport; Frank Wells, EMT from Essex and Ann McBride, AEMT with ECH, braved the heat to give community members a look into what they do as emergency responders and transporters.
“We want to get the public acquainted with what services ECH can provide, what services transport can provide. It’s only our second year having transport, and it is nice that we can respond to a patient and bring the ER to the patient until they can get continued care in the actual ER,” McBride said.
First Responder, Frank Wells, for Essex and Willsboro, opened his first-responder vehicle to show off what items he carries, usually as the first person on the scene of an emergency. Among these items, like an ambulance or transport van, are oxygen tanks, defibrillators, and medical supplies such as bandages. A first-responder will take action until the EMTs can get to the scene.
With health and life emergencies, there are different people of different credentials and departments that work together to provide emergency support. ECH and its affiliates involved in responding to the scene, transport, ER stabilization, and further hospital care are all linked and choreographed to their part, which creates the whole of emergency care that keeps people alive and well.