Graham Hospital transfers patients

5/11/2018

Routinely, Graham Hospital transfers patients requiring complex critical care to a nearby tertiary hospital. These patients are either transported by a ground ambulance or by a medical helicopter, weather permitting, based upon specific inter-hospital transfer criteria. To expedite a patient receiving complex critical care in the most timely manner, Graham Hospital Foundation recently donated a portable ventilator to the Fulton County Emergency Medical Association.

A portable ventilator (or simply ‘ventilator’ in context) is a mechanical device that is designed to move breathable air into and out of the lungs and to provide breathing for a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or is breathing insufficiently. The portable ventilator donated to the Fulton County Emergency Medical Association is identical to those used at Graham Hospital, which is important for rapid transfer of care as a patient is transitioned from Graham Hospital to a ground ambulance for transport to a tertiary hospital.

According to Andrew Thornton, Executive Director of Fulton County Emergency Medical Association, “The portable ventilator donated by the Graham Hospital Foundation will decrease the time necessary to transition care from Graham Hospital staff to our paramedics and create the opportunity for our paramedics to train ‘in house’ to maintain the competency necessary to operate the ventilator in inter-hospital transport situations.”

Pictured from left to right: Josh Blankenship, Steve Stremmel, Cissie Conklin, Harriett Williams, Chris Blackwell, Josh Blevins

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