Sunday, December 15, 2019

Southlake Fire Department Receives High Praise for Emergency Medical Services

The Southlake Fire Department recently received high praise from the Emergency Medical Director at Baylor Grapevine Hospital. Dr. Robert Risch said the Southlake Fire Departments’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a leader in patient care when it comes to ‘out-of-hospital, 12 lead EKG submissions.’ What this means is that paramedics in the field are sending in vital EKG information on patients who are suffering from chest pain, stroke or other cardiac related incidents. This allows the hospital to better treat the patient upon arrival and the electronic information gathered in the field follows the patient throughout their medical treatment to provide the best possible care.

Southlake Fire Department Lieutenant Ryan Arthur, who heads up the EMS program, says they are also planning to initiate ‘in field blood draws’ on patients who are experiencing chest pain and/or stroke. This is a collaborated effort between Baylor Grapevine Hospital and the Southlake Fire Department. Lt. Arthur adds, “This initiative will greatly improve the speed in which a patient experiencing a heart attack or stroke is moved from the emergency room to the catheter lab or other surgical site for rapid medical interventions.”

Our goal is to continue to provide the best emergency care for our patients and to ensure that vital medical information gathered in the field is communicated fast and efficiently to hospital medical staff.