This fall, the Alliant Energy Foundation awarded Mile Bluff Medical Center
a $1,000 grant to help purchase three 3G Modems that would enhance the
communication between the medical center and area emergency medical response
crews. Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation provided the additional funding
needed to purchase the modems and install them in Mauston Area Ambulances.
Using these modems, paramedics and EMTs can send a patient’s cardiac
rhythm to Mile Bluff’s emergency room physicians and staff in real
time. This allows the ER team to prepare a care plan prior to the patient’s
arrival at the medical center. It also assists the physician in helping
the paramedic “in the field” with critical events.
“In this day and age, a 12-lead EKG (electrocardiogram) transmission
is recognized as the gold standard for pre-hospital care,” said
Mike Petersen, Operations Supervisor and Paramedic. “Prior to these
modems being installed, our personnel relied solely on their training
and the capabilities of the monitor to interpret vital patient information
and cardiac rhythms.”
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Juneau County and cardiac
events are a leading cause for emergency room visits. During a cardiac
event, seconds count. The faster the ER team gets an EKG, the faster treatment
starts and the better a patient’s chances are. These modems will
impact lives and serve the community for years to come.
Mile Bluff Medical Center would like to thank the Alliant Energy Foundation
for supporting the health of the community.