Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services have been doing research and innovative ways to deliver healthcare. Engaging in a digital strategy, we completed a research study having paramedics equipped with glasses to take photos in a simulated environment, and share those photos with the receiving emergency room. By allowing physicians to observe the scene, or the patients injuries prior to the arrival at the emergency department increased their ability to ready the emergency room.
Additional scenarios used with the smart glasses were in conjunction with our drone program to allow the pilot to have situational awareness of the drone while flying and streaming phots of the emergency to incident command or to the municipal emergency operations centre. This scenario was tested by re-creating the train derailment in 2003 and how this technology would have benefited the response.
As we continue to strive to be on the leading edge of paramedicine, the paramedic service has added Drones in order to support decision-making during Emergency Operations. Drones are capable of streaming live images during mass casualty incidents increasing our situational awareness and guiding decisions on resource allocation. Thermal imaging cameras can also help locate patients in remote areas with the possibility of delivering life-saving medications to those in need.