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TTUHSC introduces 'tele-trauma' for surgeons to treat patients in rural areas

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A new form of technology will soon bridge the gap between local surgeons and trauma patients in outlying rural communities.

Faculty surgeons from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center met this evening to discuss 'Tele-trauma'.

This type of tele-medicine will allow Northwest Texas Hospital surgeons to treat patients using a video conferencing app called 'Secure Video'.

The app will help them remotely examine patients in rural towns to see if they need to be transported to Amarillo or treated at their local hospital.

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Physical assistant with the TTUHSC Department of Surgery, Shane Harper, said this will help surgeons treat patients quicker and more efficiently.

"Transport time for an acutely injured patient, you know, can be up to an hour and a half," he said. "And that's an hour and a half where there's really no intervention by someone who practices trauma on a daily basis. Getting in contact and being able to take care of these patients as soon as possible is really what we're looking to achieve."

The Health Sciences Center plans to implement the use of the Tele-trauma technology within the next month.

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