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It’s About Time: Addressing the Communication Crisis in Emergency Healthcare [eBook]

As an emergency room physician, I experience firsthand the impact of outdated communication systems — how they hamper good patient care and challenge even the most talented, dedicated, and well-trained medical professionals. In emergency situations, when seconds count, fast and accurate communication between care teams can mean the difference between life and death.

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Pulsara featured in Australian News Story as Second International Hospital Begins Use of the Platform

Pulsara was featured last week in a news article on Australian news site, The Courier after Ballarat Base Hospital, Pulsara's second international hospital client, began a pilot of the platform. Ballarat will leverage Pulsara to receive real-time information about a patient’s condition from local paramedics to get the entire emergency department, cardiac, neurology and other specialists and departments on the same page.

Image: The Courier -- Paramedics use Pulsara to alert hospitals of incoming patients and reduce treatment times.

According to the article, Ambulance Victoria clinical manager Grant Hocking said “Time is of the essence for cardiac and stroke patients. This app puts everyone on the same page, synchronizing our communication not just to the emergency department but specialists within the hospital as well.”

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Pulsara Helps Clinicians Treat Heart Attack Patient in 26 Minutes [News Report]

NBC News in Dallas Fort-Worth, TX reported Tuesday evening that a local man, 55-year-old Thomas Moran, was recently treated for a heart attack -- from which he made a full recovery -- by teams using Pulsara.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Grapevine as well as 11 Tarrant County EMS teams are now using the app.

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Pulsara 6.0 Changes the World... [Press Release]

...Well, not really. But it does provide the foundation for future communication across regions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bozeman, MT – May 9, 2017 – Pulsara announced today the release of their app version 6.0, which offers flexibility for anybody at the hospital to be added to the team, or to change the team structure on the fly.

"Pretty rad, right?" queried Flight Paramedic and Chief Marketing Officer, Kris Kaull.

The company stated that existing clients have asked them to make Pulsara more adaptable to their specific workflows. "Fulfilling this request requires adding flexibility to the application and platform -- and the concept of flexibility almost inevitably leads to increased complexity. That being said, one of our core values is to simplify. At Pulsara, we reduce complexity through innovation. Walking the line between these two competing priorities is a challenge, but we made it happen!" said Senior Software Engineer, Eric Barnes. "With the release of 6.0, Pulsara provides new workflow and alerting flexibility while remaining simple to use."

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Case Study: How St. Elizabeth Combined Technology and Collaboration to Reduce Heart Attack Treatment Time

Using the Pulsara app, a Cincinnati-area health care system significantly cut down its time to treatment for cardiac cases.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content originally appeared on EMS1.com as paid content sponsored by Pulsara. Special thanks to our guest bloggers, the EMS1 BrandFocus Staff. 

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What Healthcare Needs to Know About Security in an Increasingly Cloud-Based Industry

Security vulnerabilities are a concern for everyone in this day and age when it seems there’s a major security incident in the news each week. And unfortunately, health care entities have been specifically targeted for their sensitive, monetizable information.

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Preliminary Research Shows Simple Icing Technique May Improve Trauma Outcomes

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New preliminary research suggests that applying ice to the face of a trauma patient may help ensure their vital organs continue to receive enough oxygen by preventing cardiovascular decompensation. This sudden drop in blood pressure is a serious risk after blood loss, even is the patient has stopped bleeding. 

According to an article published on the HealthDay website yesterday, study leader Blair Johnson said in an American Physiological Society news release: "We think that this technique could be used by first responders or combat medics on the battlefield to give additional time for transportation or evacuation." 

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Research Shows High-Sensitivity Troponin T Test Helps Rule Out AMI in Chest Pain Patients

A new testing method may be able to quickly rule out acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in patients presenting to the ED with chest pain. Research suggests that combining an ECG with a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) test below the level of detection can identify those patients at sufficiently low risk for AMI, allowing them to be released to outpatient care sooner.

The findings of the meta-analysis were reported online in Annals of Internal Medicine on April 17, 2017. The study authors point out that a second test should be repeated approximately 3 hours after initial onset of symptoms, since troponin is not always detectable in circulation of patients who arrive quickly after onset of pain.

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Progressive Paramedicine: How to Assess and Treat the Crashing CHF Patient [Video]

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Most medics have encountered a crashing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patient at some point in their career, and chances are not all of those cases were managed perfectly. This can be a challenging group to assess and treat, especially because your patient is likely very scared and anxious.

Pulsara has teamed up with EMS1 to produce an original video series of critical paramedicine tips and techniques, called Progressive Paramedicine. In this week's video, Pulsara's Brandon Means reviews three things to remember when managing the crashing CHF patient: 

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Managing Resources for Specialty Patients: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content originally appeared on EMS1.com as paid content sponsored by Pulsara. Special thanks to our guest blogger, Drew Rinella for EMS1 BrandFocus. Drew is the clinical coordinator for Bonner County EMS in rural North Idaho. He is a paramedic, public servant, and competition shooter. Drew is an advocate for quality in EMS and also blogs his crusade against bad EKGs in product advertising. 

Specialty patients present unique challenges to EMS providers in the field. Rarely encountered medical conditions, unusual medical devices and treatments, and morbid obesity all require different considerations from that of the routine 911 call. Here are 10 things you need to know about managing resources for specialty patients:

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