IPSWICH is at the forefront of the latest emergency services technology with ambulances in the region to be equipped with 58 new defibrillator-monitor units.

A group of 15 paramedics started training on the new devices as Health Minister Lawrence Springborg launched the rollout with QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles at the Ipswich QAS yesterday.

The $27 million contract for 1200 new defibrillator-monitors will be rolled out in ambulances statewide over the next 18 months.

QAS Deputy Commissioner David Eeles said the Ipswich region was selected to trial the device because of the variety of stations in the area.

"Ipswich has quite a number of paramedics, it's got about nine stations, it's got lots of diverse work. It's got a big urban station, it's got smaller country stations as well as 24 hours stations," he said. "It's a really good testing ground.

"Paramedics like (this device) because it is functional, easy to use, safe and it helps them do their job better and that has been the feedback we are getting."

Mr Springborg said the Corpuls3 monitor/defibrillator contained a range of cutting edge features including access to more comprehensive data about a patient's condition.

"The enhanced vital signs monitoring of the Corpuls3 will give our frontline paramedics a greater range of information about their patients, which means they can tailor their treatments more effectively," he said.

"It will also allow them to store and transmit a comprehensive record of a patient's condition and treatment from the time paramedics arrive on scene to when they arrive at an emergency department.

"This is about saving lives. This is about giving the best possible care and treatment for our patients.

QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles said the new devices were lighter, safer and easier to use for paramedics.

"These new patient monitors give us more data than ever before on the patient's condition, even providing real-time feedback on the effectiveness of CPR interventions on scene," he said.

"It will allow us to make informed decisions about whether a patient needs to go straight to a catheterization laboratory rather than the emergency department, or whether we need to immediately administer a dose of clot-busting drugs on the way to hospital.

"This will help us raise the level of clinical care we can provide to the community and I think it's fair to say we will be the envy of other ambulance services."

Mr Springborg said paramedics in the region would also trial iPads.

"Good, reliable technology is something very crucial as they go about their job in making sure they go about providing an even better health care for patients," he said.

He said the rollout of Corpuls3 units was another example of the government's commitment to revitalise frontline health services.



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