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Technology helping EMTs save lives

Technology helping EMTs save lives

By KSL.com | Posted - Dec. 2, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.



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UTAH COUNTY -- First responders in Utah County are saving more lives, thanks to new technology.

Intermountain Healthcare and MountainStar Healthcare donated $232,000 to buy Bluetooth data transmitters for EMTs. The technology allows ambulances to transmit EKG data directly to hospitals, which means faster diagnosis of heart attack patients.

Keven Kemp, with Orem Fire and Rescue, said, "We always say time is muscle because for every minute that the heart muscle isn't receiving oxygenated blood, it's dying."

Every year, one million Americans suffer a heart attack, and half of those people die.

Salt Lake County fire departments already have Bluetooth technology.

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