Posted: Friday, June 8th 2012 at 12:26pm
Foundation effort puts special coolers on ambulances
By Derreck Booth Editor
GAINESVILLE - The Medical Center Foundation and hospital officials presented some special coolers to Hall County's first responders Friday.
The hand off, in front of the hospital's North Patient Tower, featured two carts full of the small electric coolers.
They're mini refrigerators, designed to keep basic IV fluids cool on ambulances. It's for cardiac arrest patients to lower their temperature on the way to the hospital.
"When a patient gets a pulse back from being in cardiac arrest, they'll be able to cool the patient's temperature down, and that protects the brain. What we're seeing is survival rates increasing," medical center paramedic and Regional STEMI (Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Coordinator Jason Grady said.
Hall County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Agency Director David Kimbrell was in agreement.
"Research and studies now show that lowering the body temperature gives a better outcome. This is actually the final step in providing the best care in the field to get them to what we consider the best hospital," Kimbrell said.
Fifty of the coolers will go to first responders in the 14-county region of Northeast Georgia, including Hall County.
Northeast Georgia is the first region in the state to donate the coolers in that volume, according to Grady.
They're provided through the work of the hospital's foundation and its annual Medical Center Open golf tournament.
Foundation Executive Director Nancy Colston lauded volunteers, donors and organizers who made it possible.
"It's absolutely amazing. When you see it come to fruition, and you know that lives will be saved, and that so many people will be touched, I'm not sure how you can begin to put that in words," Colston said.
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