Medical Supply Vending Machines Help EMT's

By: Bonney Bowman Email
By: Bonney Bowman Email

When it comes to saving lives, every second counts.

EMT's say a new system will help get them medical supplies, faster.

LFR recently installed three medical supply vending machines - one at Bryan LGH West, one at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, and one at Fire Station 7.

Instead of having supplies at all 14 fire stations, now EMT's can get whatever they need, from medicines to defibrillators, out of one of the machines.

Fire officials say it will allow them to better monitor what's being used, when, and make the paramedics more efficient.

They stress the machines are safe, and protect the controlled medicines from thieves.

The machines weigh more than 600 pounds and the glass on the front is 3/4 inch bullet-proof Plexiglas.

The paramedics will need their security badges and two separate codes to vend any of the supplies.

The machines are all digitally controlled and send alerts when they've been accessed or when they're low on supplies.

Fire leaders at other stations using the machines say they've seen a 37% reduction in supplies used.

The hope is to replicate that here.

Each machine cost $13,000.

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