Lansing Hospitals Team Up to Offer Life Saving Technology

The hospitals used money from the Sparrow Foundation and the McLaren Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation to install LIFENET in ambulances across the region.

Sparrow Hospital and McLaren Greater Lansing have partnered with 19 emergency medical services agencies and fire departments to use a life-saving tool in the field.

The hospitals used money from the Sparrow Foundation and the McLaren Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation to install LIFENET in ambulances across the region. LIFENET is essentially a cellular data connection that allows EMTs to immediately send 12 views of the heart through an electrocardiogram (ECG) to doctors standing by at the hospital.

Doctors say the information speeds the process for treatment when the patient arrives. Dr. Tim Hodge, Executive Medical Director of Emergency Services at Sparrow Hospital said, "When you have a heart attack, we need to intervene as soon as possible. It doesn't matter if you live right here in the center of Lansing or if you live all the way out in Stockbridge. When you get to the door, we want to have a team ready."

Tom Mee, Chief Operating Officer of McLaren Greater Lansing said, "It is rare that you would have two competing organizations come together solely for the altruistic purpose of benefiting the health of this community. This has been a project that's been ongoing for several months and we're just happy to see that it finally came together. It's not an inexpensive program. But in the end, our respective missions are to improve the health of this community and this was clearly one way to do that."

Mee says doctors and EMTs have been using LIFENET since June. Hodge says he's already seen success stories. "We had people who were able to get their artery open that was blocked within 30 minutes to the time they got to the door at the hospital. So, it's gone really well."


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