Loma Linda University Medical Center Gets New Mobile Telemedicine Vehicle


 
 

Selicia Kennedy-Ross | | Monday, November 5, 2007


LOMA LINDA, Calif. -- The scene of a disaster can be a rough place where life and death hang in the balance.

This is especially so if the lines of communication are down, hampering the efforts of medical personnel.

But now Loma Linda University Medical Center is prepared for such a scenario with its new Mobile Telemedicine Vehicle, or MTV.

The state-of-the-art vehicle is a combination mobile medical command center and telemedical center.

It s not an ambulance or patient-carrying device, said Ron Holk, operations coordinator for the Center for Prehospital Care, Education and Research at the medical center. We use it primarily to carry medication and supplies and all of our radio and satellite and wireless communications gear.

This self-contained, four-wheel-drive vehicle has sophisticated diagnostic equipment and is connected via satellite to the medical center for teleconferencing.

The vehicle can relay to the medical center vital information such as patient X-rays, various medical results and live video.

The telemedicine unit is more like an extreme RV, Holk said.

It doesn t look like an RV, it s designated as a modified vehicle. It s like a `house-car.

Emergency personnel who staff the vehicle can take mobile X-rays and send test results to a physician at the medical center.

Emergency workers can video conference or use telemedicine that provides situational awareness of what s going on in the field - medically speaking.

We can take our equipment to the scene of an emergency or accident or a huge disaster where communication infrastructure is curtailed, Holk said. It transports the physician virtually to the scene of an incident.

Built on a Mercedes Benz U-500 chassis, the $800,000 vehicle includes an extra axle for stability and superior off-road handling capabilities. The back end houses an all-terrain vehicle.

The vehicle can carry three people in the front, and it has sleeping quarters, a bathroom, shower and kitchenette area.

Medical center officials have tested the vehicle at Glen Helen Regional Park and California Speedway.

Last year, it was deployed to the Esperanza Fire command center, and the vehicle s workers treated 25 or 30 fire personnel.

selicia.kennedy@sbsun.com

(909) 386-3885


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Industry News, Communications and Dispatch, Specialty Vehicles

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Kentucky Firefighters, Medics Drill for Ebola

Lexington firefighters and medics prepare for possible patients.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Mid-South EMTs Prepare for Ebola

Mid-South EMTs are certified for service.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ebola Changes How North Carolina EMS Responds to Calls

Concern about virus spread leads to new protocols.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Oklahoma Hospitals Prepare for Ebola Cases

Training and preparation are keys for metro hospitals.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting Incident

Solider is shot by gunman at national memorial in Ottawa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Life Link III Trauma Tactics Conference in Minnesota

Conference was designed to enhance the skills of providers of all levels, covering rescue and prehospital situations, to transport and in-hospital treatment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS Tailgating

Rigs converted for football.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >