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NOV 2018

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SPONSORED CONTENT EMSWORLD.com | NOVEMBER 2018 45 Accurate record- keeping is necessary for agencies to con- tinuously improve outcomes and maxi- mize reimbursements. When EMS and hos- pitals utilize different ePCR systems, it's more difficult to meet these needs. That's why Coastal Valleys EMS Agency of Mendocino and Sonoma counties in California implemented the entire ImageTrend suite of products, including ImageTrend Elite, Resource Bridge, Patient Reg- istry, and License Management System solutions. "We discovered so many layers in their interoperability that we ulti- mately bought all their platforms," says Doug Butler, Jr., data systems manager. "The ability to have a single platform was a huge win for everyone. ImageTrend combined everything and made it so you don't have to remember multiple passwords or switch to a different system." ImageTrend is NEMSIS-compliant, allowing for shared health data across multiple disciplines, including community paramedicine and critical care units (air or ground). It features EKG, CAD, and billing inte- grations. Crews can also post shift schedules, manage apparatus and inventory, and create automated incident reports. Internet outages can easily be sidestepped if you implement the ImageTrend Elite Field, an offline ePCR documentation application. "All of our hospital systems use it [Resource Bridge] every day, so when we have large-scale incidents, we don't have to switch systems— we just do what we've been practicing every day," Butler says. ImageTrend streamlines performance capabilities during critical incidents—something Butler's department needed during California's most destructive wildfire in 2017. "ImageTrend came in handy and allowed us to track patients after our hospital evacuations," Butler says. "Once field crews caught up on their documentation, ImageTrend's sys- tem recognized these patients and started the patient tracking process automatically" through the hospitals' existing record, a process that was quick and efficient thanks to a short-form patient-report option. "Since the fires, we've started implementation of a rapid patient entry form that works with or without Internet connection," says Butler. This form starts the patient tracking process and captures key informa- tion within 20 seconds. "ImageTrend allows us to build a custom form and ultimately leads to better care and patient tracking." Visit www.imagetrend.com Circle 20 on the Product Information Card Multilayered Communication Suite 'Walks the Talk' For years Spencer Guinn, MD, has struggled to find human-like simu- lators that realistically portray the details of real-life trauma injuries. "I've used hard plas- tic manikins, but they are far from resembling actual human victims," says Guinn, a certified law enforcement officer and medical director/tactical medic for the Arkansas State Police and Jones- boro, Ark. SWAT teams. "I have to use a squirt bottle to get them to bleed, while a single application of pressure on the manikin is enough to stop that flow. Neither is very realistic." Guinn has also used live actors made up to display various injuries, but they too have their limits. Guinn ultimately solved his realism problem by introducing the ITTS TOMManikin medical training manikin. He's now using the TOMM to teach everyone from law enforcement and fire- fighters to SWAT teams and civilians. The TOMM has the look, heft, and feel of actual trauma patients and comes with an onboard 1.2 gallon "blood" res- ervoir to provide realistic bleeding. TOMM is engineered to react like an actual human would. If a TOMM is bleeding out, the student has to apply the right amount of pressure at the right point to stop the blood flow. The TOMM can be outfitted with appendages that simu- late gunshot wounds, severed limbs, and damage from blasts and burns. This can be unpleasant to work with—but that's precisely the point. Like an aircraft simulator that puts pilots through chaotic challenges, TOMM is designed to con- front students with all aspects of trauma care—including psychological revulsion—so they're able to cope when faced with the real thing. "The realism of the TOMM is amazing," says Guinn. "If you have to apply pressure in the manikin's groin to stop bleed- ing, the feel and response is the same as it would be with an actual human. The same is true for applying a tourniquet." Since introducing the TOMM to students in January 2018, Guinn has rolled it out to all EMT classes he teaches, where a realistic training manikin is a must. Visit www.tommanikin.com Circle 23 on the Product Information Card Authentic Trauma Simulations for All Kinds of Training

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