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Baby-savers: New alerts quickly call medics to the rescue

Medical staff can get alerts on their TETRA radios. Alerting them as a group saves vital minutes in the race to save a baby's life.

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Babies in Finland’s North Karelia Central Hospital now have an even better chance of a healthy life. This is thanks to two TETRA alerts that bring medical staff running.

Emergency Caesarean Section alert

The Emergency Caesarean Section alert is set off around 26 times a year. It alerts medical staff to be ready to perform a potentially life-saving delivery. This alert saves a vital three minutes because it gets to all necessary staff at once. It means less time without oxygen for the unborn baby.

Baby Revive alert

There is also a Baby Revive alert, set off when a newborn needs to be resuscitated. This alert is used about once a week to get all the necessary people in place.

VIRVE and TETRA radios for fast alerting

Both alerts are made over Finland's VIRVE public safety radio network. The North Karelia Central Hospital also has a general trauma alert in place.

When there is an incident, the emergency response centre sends a trauma alert to the medical unit at the same time as they alert the rescue service. The emergency nurses and the teams at the hospital will know how many patients are coming in, for example.

The trauma alert means that everyone is ready to start working as soon as the patients arrive.

  • the X-ray room is ready
  • the laboratory is primed to process any samples
  • blood bank nurses know to reserve the right type blood for the patients.

Everything will be ready and the medical teams can begin treatment at once.

Before the trauma alert, it could take as long as 20 minutes to call everyone individually on a cell phone. Now the trauma group alerts everyone at once.