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Aurora Memorial Hospital in Burlington Adds CAREpoint EMS Workstation

Monday, August 25, 2008

BURLINGTON, Wis. — CAREpoint is the latest technology in emergency services. Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington recently added a CAREpoint EMS Workstation to its emergency services area.

The new CAREpoint unit will improve communication efforts in managing EMS calls, saving time, simplifying access to needed information and functions, improving record keeping, and saving valuable space.

It combines all functions into one compact, easy-to-use system, integrating radio, cellular, landline, voice-data logging, Internet, Intranet, telemetry, information and more. With CAREpoint, staff can eliminate the need for multiple radios, phones, computers, logging recorders, books, and manuals.

CAREpoint is the only system that includes, complete control of all communications, physiologic information (telemetry/telemedicine), fast and simple access to a wide variety of drug, protocol, hazmat and other information, and the ability to run most emergency medicine software, which are all essentials of EMS call management.

Our Hope of Burlington graciously funded the installation of the unit at a cost of $35,000.

Seeing how crucial this piece of equipment is to the lifesaving efforts and the various EMS squads in the area, the CAREpoint unit was selected for the emergency department at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington.

Vince Skrundz, Our Hope of Burlington, said the group is pleased to partner again with the hospital on such an important project.

“Getting critical information to the hospital is the key and this new unit will play a significant role in helping our first responders and health care providers communicate quickly and efficiently in emergency situations,’’ said Skrundz.

Leif Erickson, regional supervisor of emergency medical services, Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington, said the technology reduces time-consuming tasks and replaces outdated equipment.

“The biggest benefit from this technology is that it integrates all aspects of communicating,’’ he said. “It links us with providers, cell phones, Internet, and you can log into reports while speaking on the phone with people on the site.”

Erickson said the technology saves 15-20 minutes in trauma situations, allowing physicians to become more aware of a patient’s status before they arrive at the hospital.

This will also benefit patients because they will be given proper care sooner, Erickson said. Eventually doctors will have access to video screenings, which will provide live footage of patients at the site. This way doctors will know the state patients are in before arriving at the hospital, which benefits patients who need to be flown or driven to a larger facility, he said.

Laverne Schmidt, philanthropy director, Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington, said the partnership with Our Hope of Burlington has played an integral role in helping area patients.

“We are grateful for the support from Our Hope of Burlington,’’ she said. “Over the years, our partnership has touched the lives of many patients in the Burlington area. This is one more example how Our Hope positively impacts the lives of our patients.”

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Marie Daniel (262-767-6264)

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