In the world of a first responder, time is of the essence. In some instances, the difference between life and death can be a matter of seconds. Williston Fire Department is now using a new app “Handtevy” to help first responders respond quicker in a pediatric emergency.
“This new app is going to save a lot of lives,” according to senior firefighter Tony Simanskas.
Williston Fire Department is the first in Vermont to utilize this program.
“It’s essentially an app based resource guide for us,” said Simanskas. “For example, we get a call for a 5-year-old pediatric patient, we are able to pull up a 5-year-old on that app. It lists out all correct dosages for that patient– no matter what the issue they are having.”
Simanskas told us, responding to calls that involve children are some of the more difficult ones. He believes that this app will make the job less stressful.
“Before we had this program we would get to the scene, and a kid would be in front of us. We would have to pull this length based tape to see what medicines we need to give,” he said. “Then we would have to do the mathematics in order to get the right dosage for that size patient.”
The app is user-friendly according to Simanskas, and all the information is transferable to the area hospital.
“Once we acknowledge the medication and equipment we give (the patient) it will time stamp it into the report for us. We can upload it into our patient report and then it discharges off to the hospital,” he said.
He encourages all departments to look into the program, even with its modest cost, Simanskas does say it’s worth it. You can contact him at the Williston Fire Department: 802.878.5622