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Carrollton Fire Rescue Awarded Grant for Portable Sonogram Machines

Post Date:04/30/2019 6:01 PM
CFR Portable Sonogram Machines Check Presentation 3Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) received a grant on Tuesday, April 30 in the amount of $85,250 from the Metrocrest Hospital Authority for new portable sonogram machines to be implemented on all of its ambulances. 

CFR will be one of the first cities in the DFW Metroplex to implement these devices, which have been proven to increase quality of care in the prehospital environment significantly. 

The addition of this ultrasound technology will enhance the department’s ability to diagnose and treat medical and trauma patients by enabling paramedics to obtain immediate anatomical, diagnostic, and functional information about their patients. The equipment will allow Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel to see inside the body, identify the injury, provide the best possible care within the ambulance, and determine if specific transport to an accredited trauma, chest pain, stroke, or pediatric care facility is warranted. EMS personnel will also be able to provide more detailed information about the patient’s condition to the receiving hospital.

“We’re continually looking for new ways to improve the care that we provide to the citizens of Carrollton and surrounding communities and are thankful for the generosity of the Metrocrest Hospital Authority in supporting our mission to protect life through the implementation of these portable sonogram devices,” Carrollton Fire Chief Gregg Salmi said. “Field ultrasound offers earlier detection of time-critical conditions, a process that has the potential to yield lifesaving results.”

The portable sonogram machines are expected to be installed on CFR’s ambulances this summer. Initial education on the use of the devices will be led by Medical Director Physicians from BEST EMS with field officers receiving training first. Eventually, every CFR paramedic will be trained to use the technology.

In 2017, the Metrocrest Hospital Authority also provided CFR with a grant for LUCAS chest compression devices, which administer 102 chest compressions per minute during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

To learn more about the Metrocrest Hospital Authority, visit mhatx.org. To learn more about Carrollton Fire Rescue’s continued efforts to provide high quality medical care, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fire.
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