Thanks to the extreme generosity of our donors and the community in the wake of the Pulse tragedy last June, several much-needed changes are coming to help both patients and the teams who treat them.
Portable Ultrasound Machines
The portable ultrasound machines at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) are currently shared between the trauma bay and the emergency department. Soon, however, two new machines will be replacing the older models and one will now be dedicated 100 percent to the Level One Trauma Center. Purchased with $100,000 donated to the Level One Trauma Center at ORMC following the Pulse incident, the machines will be a wonderful addition to the care given at ORMC.
“These machines will be extremely beneficial not just in trauma, but in all facets of the care we provide,” said Dr. Joseph Ibrahim, Trauma Medical Director. “Ultrasound is utilized more and more for a variety of medical evaluations and is often critical in the management of acutely ill patients. They will have an immediate and direct effect on the care we provide for the community and the region.”
Critical Care Ventilators
The Air Care Team is in the process of purchasing four (4) new portable critical care ventilator machines with $75,000 of the money donated to the Level One Trauma Center at ORMC following the Pulse incident. The machines will be used to treat patients picked up on the scene. Currently, the Air Care team at ORMC is the only hospital-based Air Care Team in Central Florida to pick up patients at the scene of an incident, making the need for portable ventilator machines critical to their care. They can be used on both pediatric or adult patients and help manage vitals during transport.
“The Air Care Team is caring for patients who have a much higher acuity than in previous years,” said Karen Thurmond, Chief Flight Nurse for the Air Care Team. “Mechanical ventilation allows us to provide a more efficient means of ventilation. A ventilator provides more consistent control of respiratory rate, volume, pressure, and oxygen concentration, improves patient comfort and frees up the hands of caregivers so we can focus on other interventions the patient may need.”
For the teams who treat patients in the Trauma Center, modern, yet serene, spaces to step away from the chaotic moments of ORMC are now underway.