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Two Local Non-profits Partner to Revolutionize Rural Emergency Medical Care

BRATTLEBORO, VT. – We are pleased to announce an exciting and innovative Emergency Medical Services (“EMS”) project for the region. The two-year pilot research project, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (“PoCUS”,) is being conducted by Rescue Inc. of Brattleboro and Townshend, VT and is funded by The Emergency Medical Services Fund, Inc.of Dover, VT. (“The EMS Fund.”) The PoCUS project, in conjunction with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center, will for the first time bring state-of-the-art ultrasound technology directly to the homes and accident scenes in our region.

The EMS Fund has awarded Rescue Inc. with two grants totaling $16,847. One grant, for $11,350, covers the training and education for the Paramedics involved in the PoCUS project. The second grant, for $5,497,covers the cost of a portable ultrasound device, software licenses and multiyear warranty.

Rescue Inc. and The EMS Fund will host a press conference at 541 Canal Street, Rescue Inc.’s Brattleboro, VT. station, October 23, 2019 at 3pm.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound has been assisting hospital-based providers with clinical decision making for years. This first in the state of Vermont project will evaluate the effectiveness of ultrasound in the prehospital environment by evaluating patient outcomes, costs and the effectiveness of prehospital ultrasound.

Rescue Inc. Paramedics are receiving extensive education in the use of ultrasound technology, patient administration and evaluation of the readings. In addition to the initial training, the Paramedics involved in the PoCUS project will have continuing education and evaluation of their skills during the two-year project.

It is our expectation that ultrasound technology administered in the field will improve patient outcomes by:

● Ensuring patients are transferred to hospitals with the necessary facilities and personnel to treat the patient.

● Reduce the time between patient arrival at the receiving facility and proper interventions being administered.

● Ensuring treatments administered by Paramedics in the field and during transport are having theirdesired effect.

● Provide data and evidence for new and innovative treatments to be considered.

● Specific examples include:

  • Identification of free fluid in the abdomen after a traumatic event. Field recognition will likely reduce time to treatment and surgical intervention.
  • The ability to better detect and confirm the presence of tension pneumothorax. More definitive decision making will reduce the possibility of unnecessary invasive procedures.
  • The ability to assess fluid status to determine the appropriate quantity of fluid needed for resuscitation versus the need of medication for perfusion support.

We hope you will join us 3pm on October 23, 2019 at our joint press conference to learn more about this exciting project, ask questions and hear about how PoCUS, along with additional projects planned for the near future, can potentially upend and revolutionize rural EMS.

For more information about The PoCUS Project, please visit pocus.EMSFund.org

For more information about Rescue, Inc, please visit www.rescueinc.org

For more information about The EMS Fund, please visit www.EMSFund.org

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About Rescue Inc.

Founded in 1966 in Brattleboro, Vermont, Rescue Inc. is a leader in the field of rural emergency medicine. Rescue Inc. was among the first EMS agencies in the nation to offer paramedic level care and now services 13 towns in southern Vermont and 2 in southern New Hampshire. Rescue Inc. incorporated in 1975 as a 501 (c)3 not for profit. We currently provide emergency medical services to 15 area towns and our territory covers more than 500 square miles. Rescue Inc. also provides local and long distance emergency and non-emergency transfers along with CPR, First Aid, and EMT classes. For more information, visit www.RescueInc.org or call (802) 257-7679.

About The EMS Fund

The Emergency Medical Services Fund, Inc. (“The EMS Fund,”) founded in 2013, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The EMS Funds mission is to enhance the effectiveness of organizations that provide volunteer ambulance services to the general public in the communities in which they operate. The EMS Fund works to achieve its goals by providing financial support or equipment so that these organizations can provide the highest quality emergency medical services possible. The EMS Fund depends on donations and the generosity of the public to achieve its mission. For more information, visit www.EMSFund.org or call (646) 547-1938.