It’s no secret that even on the best of days, emergency rooms are chaotic.  From injuries sustained from auto accidents to heart attacks, more often times than not, patients in the ER are facing life or death medical emergencies, which is why having the most technologically advanced equipment is a must.  While breathing machines and defibrillators are obviously important, equally important are medical grade computers.

Decisions and Documentation

The number of patients in an emergency room at any given time can be downright overwhelming.   The first challenge for staff is how to gather all the information needed, including accessing past health records, to properly treat a patient.  Decisions need to be made quickly and precisely, which is where medical grade computers come into play.

Just like a comprehensive doctor’s chart, the software installed on medical grade computers in the ER presents a great deal of information about each patient, including:

  • graphical charting, which provides ER doctors with in-depth information about the patient’s condition in a glance.
  • essential medical attachments, such as lab results and x-rays.

ER doctors can also use medical grade computers to access a patient’s Electronic Health Records (EMR), which can aid tremendously as it relates in treatment efforts.  For example, if a patient is suffering from a gunshot wound and is also anemic, treatment will likely be completely different than if the patient wasn’t anemic.  If a doctor isn’t aware of the patient’s anemia, the results could be deadly.

What’s more, medical grade tablets allow both nurses and doctors to quickly move from patient to patient, which is critical in a medical setting where one most often times prioritize the order in which patients receive care due to the severity of the medical emergency at hand.

Collaboration

Medical grade computers also make it easy for doctors in the ER to collaborate with other areas of the hospital.   For example, if someone comes in suffering from a heart attack and requires surgery, notes from the ER doctor will be extremely beneficial to the cardiologist who will be performing surgery, as well as the anesthesiologist.  If someone was in a car accident and is admitted to ICU, knowing what treatment was administered in the emergency room will help ICU doctors develop a course of action for the patient moving forward.

Advances in Treatment

Probably most important, however, is how medical grade computers are advancing patient care as we know it.   Endoscopic procedures and laparoscopic surgeries are replacing traditional, more invasive means of treatments.  Medical grade computers are now helping doctors during surgery so that more patients are being saved than ever before.  Because of the monitors backlighting system, MRI’s and CT scans are more detailed, which helps diagnosticians and radiologists more accurately do their jobs.   Ultrasounds are clearer.  And since medical grade computers have a backup power supply, patient care is no longer interrupted during power outages that may occur during natural disasters.

Medical grade computers are changing the face of ER care for the better.  From diagnostics to surgery, they are completely redefining how patients are treated – and with better speed and accuracy.