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Emergency medical assistance in the area of ​​cooperation of rescue services in Schleswig-Holstein (RKiSH) will be complemented by an important factor: in the future, the rescue services will be provided with telemedicine to support them, which will be connected if necessary via telephone, data or video transmission possible. To this end, the measurable health data of the treated persons will be digitally transmitted to the telemedicine specialists in a central office in Pinneberg, not yet established, using appropriate software and mobile technologies.

At the end of October 2021, the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Health approved the implementation of a concept for the introduction of telemedical operational support. On this basis, the RKiSH is now starting to create the necessary infrastructure and then to train the emergency services on how to use the new technology. RKiSH has been working on telemedical operational support for several years.

Health Minister Heiner Garg points out: “People need to be confident that they will receive the best possible medical care in emergency situations. In Schleswig-Holstein, we already have excellent facilities in emergency care. Telemedicine allows these facilities to be further expanded to for the benefit of patients and for the benefit of rescuers and doctors, because it facilitates consultations between the rescue service and medical staff and helps to conserve medical resources so that they can be used in a more targeted way for the benefit of patients I am therefore very pleased that RKiSH is now creating the conditions for telemedical operational support “.

If necessary, emergency services can request telemedical support from doctors by telephone, video call or data call and seek advice from them. As a result, important medical decisions can be made faster for better, faster and more targeted treatment of patients. Vital data, such as the blood pressure, heart rate or ECG image of treated individuals, are digitally transmitted to telemedicine doctors in a control center using special software and mobile technology.

The RKiSH is the first rescue service in Schleswig-Holstein to implement such a system. “The rescue service has long since transformed itself from a transport service into an efficient emergency service,” says RKiSH CEO Michael Reis. The medical needs for the rescue service have increased, and at the same time the number of interventions in the RKiSH intervention area has increased: “We have been working for a long time on strategies to be able to continue to use our resources optimally in the future in the differentiated emergency care. Telemedicine is a crucial step in this direction “.

In Schleswig-Holstein, telemedicine specialists should in future be able to be consulted by emergency services personnel, for example to make up the time until an emergency doctor arrives. While emergency doctors often have to travel long distances to the scene of an emergency, which is time-consuming, telemedicine specialists can be consulted directly using the digital application. Emergency paramedics can rely on medical advice from specially trained and qualified telemedicine specialists, particularly with regards to deciding whether the patient should be taken to hospital or otherwise treated. Telemedical operational support should also help reduce medically unnecessary transport to clinics.

“This not only relieves emergency services personnel, but also emergency rooms and emergency departments in hospitals. Above all, it helps patients who may be better cared for with home care by general practitioners, nursing services or other help. compared to the hospital to be discharged immediately at home “, says Dr. doctor André Gnirke, Medical Director of the RKiSH Emergency Service. “Although the standard operating procedures (SAAs) we have developed already allow paramedics to take independent measures and make decisions in many emergencies, previously there was no way to call medical experts when in doubt or when needed.”

In the future, telemedicine specialists may also be used for transports between clinics, such as transferring a patient from a hospital that provides basic and standard care to a specialized clinic – the support paramedics carrying out the transport.

“The focus is on the patient, employees and legal safety,” says Olaf Cordsen, coordinator of RKiSH’s telemedicine project. “The introduction of telemedicine should bring greater safety to patients and employees and further promote the development of skills in emergency services.”


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