White Plains, NY (January 2012) - The White Plains Hospital Emergency Department (ED), together with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and ambulance corps, have launched two new initiatives to improve the outcomes of emergency patients in the area. The first is a method of intraosseous infusion (IO) called EZ-IO, in which a needle is inserted directly into a patient’s bone marrow in order to obtain access for life-saving medications, fluids and blood. The EZ-IO method is used when a patient is in shock, severely dehydrated, has a severe trauma or has lost a large amount of blood or fluid, making standard IV access too difficult. It is used by 90% of advanced life support ambulances in the country, half of national Emergency Departments, as well as the US Military. It is easy to establish and causes no more pain to the patient than a standard needle-based IV catheter. In addition to using the EZ-IO system in the Emergency Department, White Plains Hospital is providing regular training opportunities to EMS and ambulance personnel on how to use the system properly.
The White Plains Hospital ED has also embarked on another partnership with local EMS and Ambulance providers to develop the File of Life program, a method of relaying critical health information to paramedics and ED staff in an emergency. Successfully piloted with the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps in 2011, the File of Life program consists of a refrigerator magnet pocket with vital health information made immediately available to EMS personnel in the event of an emergency. It is designed to include personal contact information, medical history, health care proxy contacts, allergy alerts, emergency and physician contacts and other crucial information that would assist in patient care by emergency personnel on the scene and at the hospital.
Participants in File of Life also receive an identification sticker that is meant to be placed outside of the home’s front door to alert EMS personnel that the patient participates in the File of Life program. If you are interested in participating in this free service or would like additional information, please call White Plains Hospital at 914-681-1192 or stop by the White Plains Hospital Emergency Department to pick up your own File of Life.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center, The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopedic Institute. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, with more than 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is a nine-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.