By CRISTIN REECE
Palestine Regional Medical Center’s EMS teams recently got a leg up on every other emergency healthcare organization in the country.
Thanks to a grant earned by the efforts of Emergency Medical Task Force Texas Director Beth Powell and Regional Trauma Advisory Council Director Sheryl Coffey, local emergency healthcare professionals have added the Cheetah NICOM monitoring system to the ever-growing collection of cutting-edge technology used in patient care.
Cheetah’s monitoring system (NICOM) is a non-invasive cardiac output monitor now used by many leading medical centers around the globe, according to hospital officials.
The new system allows EMS technicians to better monitor intravenous fluid responsiveness and pinpoint exact amounts of fluids a patient may or may not need.
“I can’t tell you how jazzed we are to have these,” PRMC EMS Director Chuck Skinner said. “Before, we really could only just guess, but now we’re able to determine exact amounts of IV fluids a patient needs. It also tells us exactly when to stop, too. That’s extremely important because too much or too little fluids can be the difference between life and death.”
Better hemodynamic monitoring enables “a tailored approach to fluid management, which in turn implies providing better oxygen delivery to the tissues in patients...,” states promotional information published by the device’s developer, Cheetah Medical Inc.
“We’ve been told this is a sort of ‘holy grail’ in the field,” Cheetah Medical representative Jake Allred said. “This provides a very different, much more accurate approach to patient management and Palestine Regional’s EMS are the only ones using this technology in the nation right now.”
According to Cheetah’s website, aggressive fluid administration is considered one of the main factors that determine survival, along with early antibiotic treatment. The devices can also be used when treating critically ill patients and during surgeries and operations.
“Fluid optimization in critically ill patients is a strong and compelling unmet need, currently determination of ﬂuid responsiveness is addressed either by “gut feel” or by usage of technologies that are suboptimal and/or invasive,” the site states.
The company’s website, cheetah-medical.com, states Cheetah Medical is a leader in non-invasive Cardiac Output and Hemodynamic monitoring. Cheetah Medical was founded in 2000 and focused on the development and commercialization of an accurate non-invasive solution for the monitoring of critically ill patients. Cheetah Medical is a private company based in Tel Aviv, Israel and Vancouver, Wash.