New Pulsara App Speeds Emergency Care

Patients experiencing a heart attack or stroke can benefit from a new communication technology, Pulsara, a smartphone app implemented by 11 northeast Tarrant EMS teams and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine. So far, the hospital has used the technology 115 times for possible heart attacks and 117 times for possible strokes.

The hospital is the first in the Baylor Scott & White Health system and also the first in Tarrant County to implement smartphone technology to support care for emergency patients. Jamee Gatzemeier, RN, BSN, SCRN, stroke /EMS coordinator at Baylor Scott & White, states, “With a heart attack, we say, 'time is muscle' or with a stroke 'time is brain. The hospital team knows what to anticipate clinically and is prepared to deliver care when the patient arrives.”

The information allows EMTs in the field that recognize symptoms of a stroke or heart attack to simply tap a button on their smartphone. Which notifies the hospital team that an ambulance is on its way with a critical patient. As the paramedic enters more information, such as the patient's medical history and vital signs, every team member receives a secure update. Pulsara can also transmit ECGs, photos, a medication list and other medical information.

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