Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Clever Practitioner Carts Arrive In The Pilbara
Victor P Taffa
Hospitals in the Pilbara have received new state-of-the-art Portable Practitioner Carts used to transmit patients’ vital signs to doctors and specialists in other locations.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the carts were linked to vital signs monitoring and telecommunications equipment, enabling surgeons and specialists to monitor and review patients, assisting medical and other health professionals, working remotely.
Five Portable Practitioner Carts have been installed in emergency departments at Tom Price, Newman, Nickol Bay and Onslow hospitals and the new Hedland Health Campus.
Dr. Hames said the telehealth practitioner carts were the first of their kind in Western Australia and provided the ability for specialists, such as a cardiologist in Perth, to assist in the treatment of someone who may be having a heart attack in Tom Price.
“The ability of the practitioner carts to link with vital signs monitoring equipment improves response times for specialists to assess critical cases, such as cardiac arrest.” Dr. Hames said.
“These machines provide continuous updates of patients’ blood pressure, heart rates and respiratory information which are transmitted in real time to medical specialists at another location.”
“Health professionals in the Pilbara can access a range of specialist advice, without actually having to physically be in the same location, ensuring remote locations are better equipped to handle specific emergencies.” Dr. Hames said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the practitioner carts were purchased through the $38.2 Million Pilbara Health Initiative. The State Government contributed $515,000 under its Royalties for Regions Program and an additional $50,000 was sourced from industry, primarily from BHP Billiton.
Mr. Grylls said the five-year partnership between Royalties for Regions and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA’s Pilbara Industry’s Community Council (PICC) Health Initiative members (Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, North West Shelf Joint Venture and Woodside Energy), aims to boost health services in the Region.
“This initiative continues to fund necessary equipment for the Pilbara Region and in particular those smaller towns where health care is limited.” Mr. Grylls said.