Paramedics linking with ER docs could mean treatment at home

From Barrie Today:

Thanks to technology, paramedics can connect with emergency room physicians to assess, and sometimes treat, patients right where they are, he said, which will save time, enable paramedics to go to other calls and reduce demand in hospital emergency rooms.

“The Ontario Telemedicine Network is like FaceTime on steroids. You can use a device to link up to a digital stethoscope,” said Robert.

“You’re dizzy and not feeling well and you call 911. We’d do an assessment. Maybe you’d fit the protocol to be assessed at home. The doctor in emerg would hear your breath sounds and heart sounds. We even have an audioscope (to look in your ears).”

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