GRU and Gold Cross partner up to save lives

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News12 / Tuesday November 12, 2013

Augusta, Ga (WRDW)---- "Last month I surpassed 25 years in EMS," said Lisa Gunn

Gunn is a Gold Cross EMT and says while her job is rewarding it can turn stressful when lives are on the line.

"Trying to assess 10 or 15 patients that are very critically injured --it's very challenging. You could always use another set of hands--somebody to help you that's knowledgeable," Gunn told News12.

Starting Thursday a truck and doctor will be on stand by and ready to help first responders like Gunn in critical situations.

"Patients who have severe bleeding we can put a tourniquet on them which is something they don't have right now," said Dr Todd Burgbacher.

Dr. Burgbacher is used to making quick decisions in the emergency room at GRU Hospital. As a former EMT, he also knows the challenges first responders face.

"They do have a scope of practice that limits what they can give. There are certain medications they can not give, there are certain procedures they can not do in the pre hospital setting," said the doctor.

In some cases, EMT's call doctors to ask about treatment and it's not always the most efficient way to help in an emergency.

"Somebody who maybe having a heart attack and a stroke, that's a very challenging thing to deal with because they are both very life treating. For the doctor to say, "it's been my experience" because you know he has more than we do," Gunn told News12.

And while the doctor can provide a lot help-- there is one thing he won't be able to do.

"I do have all the capability that they have in the ambulance with the exception of I can't transport. So, I can't put somebody on a stretcher and transport them," Dr. Burgbacher told News12.

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