Health Matters: Baptist Health improves emergency patient care with new technology

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In the medical world, time is of the essence. Now Baptist Health has a new tool that gets the patient to the doctor faster.

In an emergency, every second counts.

“Time is of the essence,” said Dr. Wendell Pahls, medical director, emergency and transfer services, Baptist Health.

Dr. Pahls knows how important it is to get a patient to the doctor as quickly as possible.

“The longer it takes to get a definitive supply and open blood flow to those particular organs, the greater the chances you will have a less than desirable result,” said Dr. Pahls.

Now this time is drastically reduced with a new tool called Pulsara. It starts when the paramedics respond to a patient.

“Quickly scan the patient ID card, have the first tests such as an ECG carried out and send it to the emergency room at the push of a button,” says Dr. Pahls.

These tests are now being reviewed by the experts in the hospital while the patient is on the go.

“We can see right away that ‘this is a heart attack’ is taking the Cath lab, relaying that information to the cardiologist, and the Cath lab, cardiology, has all the people ready before the patient even leaves the house,” said Dr. said Pahls.

With a team ready when the patient arrives, Dr. Pahls this revolutionary technology even the most important patients a chance.

“If you can rightly look at someone and say, ‘I have dramatically improved your chances of either surviving or having less dire consequences with your strokes or heart attacks,’ that is a very satisfying experience,” said Dr. Pahls.