MedFlight Trialing Transport Telemedicine

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MedFlight is beginning an exciting new venture!  Our Columbus-based Mobile ICU team, MedFlight 12, will be involved in a groundbreaking Critical-Care Transport Telemedicine trial.

For 60 days, our teams will partner with Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center physicians to further our over-arching goal of enhancing patient care. An interactive, handheld audio/visual device will be placed in the back of the Mobile ICU, and will be moved throughout the vehicle to test to effectiveness of the device on our transports.  Each time the Mobile ICU team contacts MedComm to be connected with the on-call Medical Control Physician (MCP), the physician at Wexner Medical Center will log into a computer and “beam in” to the telemedicine device.  The physician will get to see the patient in real-time and help guide the care based on both what the MedFlight team tells them and also what they visualize.

“Historically, when physician medical direction is needed, the physician speaks to the transport crew either on the phone or on the radio, limiting our patient assessment to a mental picture and voice communication,” states MedFlight Medical Director Dr. Howie Werman.  “This telemedicine device allows the physician to see the patient, their symptoms, and their reaction to treatment, allowing for a better overall assessment during the transport phase.”

We will be tracking and surveying transports that include transport telemedicine with our transport debrief system that occurs at the completion of each MedFlight patient transport.  This quick and easy 10-question survey will help the Telemedicine team at Wexner Medical Center evaluate the usefulness of this device in the intra-hospital transport setting.

We’re proud to work with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on this venture.  This effort is only part of our constant drive to enhance patient care and recovery.  Partners for Life.

MedFlight is proudly owned and preferred by both The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and OhioHealth.

 

–  Caitlin Mazer, MedFlight Mobile ICU RN

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