ER staff was recently trained on the eEmergency equipment. (l-r) McKinsey Foster, Ken Reed, Sam Wentz, Jana Michels, Mary Kay Miller, Laurie Heilman, Dr. Jeffrey Vaagen, Julie Baustad and Paul Schaan.
The most important aspect of quality care in the emergency room or intensive care unit is making medical decisions quickly. Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby recently installed eEmergency equipment in its ER and ICU which will help staff do just that.
eEmergency is an innovative concept that connects HAMC to emergency room physicians and nurses from Avera Health in Sioux Falls at the touch of a button. Avera-McKennan Hospital is a teaching hospital with a large number of specialty and emergency doctors. A large screen in each location allows staff to get advice quickly from certified personnel at a moment's notice. A camera can be zoomed in to get a closer look at a patient's medical issue. This central hub in Sioux Falls is available 24 hours/day, seven days a week and is staffed by 10 board certified emergency physicians and over 25 nurses.
This technology will allow the highest quality care in Rugby, and assures patients of a professional consultation without having to travel out of town. eEmergency truly enhances patients' safety and quality of care.
If necessary, the ER physicians and nurses from Avera Health connected to the eEmergency system can diagnose issues before an HAMC physician arrives, help with charting if nurses are busy with other patients, assist staff if there are several patients as the result of a mass trauma, or guide a nurse through a procedure if a physician is busy with another patient.
"The addition of this system strengthens our hospital's ability to deliver high quality care in an emergency and provides instant collaboration for our physicians, mid-level providers and nurses. This technology represents the "cutting-edge" of telemedicine," says Ken Reed, director of Rugby EMS and Golden Heart Services.
Funding for eEmergency was provided by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, in the amount of $315,629. This is the same entity that provided $432,000 for the new digital mammography equipment at HAMC.
Foundation Director Paul Schaan says, "eEmergency and telemedicine are a growing trend that keeps the quality of rural healthcare high. This grant is just another great example of the generosity and intelligent vision of the Helmsley Charitable Trust."
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