GROVE CITY, Pa. – Allegheny Health Network’s Grove City Hospital and Senior Ambulance Service have teamed up in a pilot study exploring the rapid use of antibiotics to prevent bone fracture infections.
As part of the study, Superior’s emergency medical service providers will administer antibiotics when dealing with open bone fractures, optimally within the first hour of injury. Usually, patients with open fractures do not receive antibiotics until they get to the hospital.
âA patient with an open fracture who becomes infected faces a number of potentially serious consequences, including repeated trips to the operating room to clean the wound,â said Dr. Matthew Oczypok, emergency physician for AHN Grove. City, in a press release. âThere is also a significant risk that a patient will develop sepsis, which can result in the loss of the injured limb or even be life threatening. The faster we can administer an antibiotic, the better its results. “
Doug Dick, owner of Superior Ambulance, decided to participate in the pilot program because of the number of trauma patients with open fractures that his ambulance teams treat and transport to AHN Grove City Hospital.
âI felt this was an important opportunity for my paramedics and nurses to improve their skills and ability to provide these patients with the best possible chance of recovering from their injury without complications from infection,â a- he declared.
According to the report Cheryl Pebbles, trauma coordinator for AHN Grove City Level IV Trauma Center.
Oczypok, who acts as EMS medical director for Superior Ambulance, along with Michelle Eaton, Superior’s education director, trained and educated paramedics and nurses in the administration of Cefazolin, the antibiotic prescribed for open fractures, as well as the protocols described for the pilot program. The program was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of EMS, based on the results of a study conducted by St. Vincent Medical Center in Indianapolis.
Shortly after the program was launched, the Superior team enrolled two patients in the protocol who suffered from open fractures from falls.
âWithout question, there is a significant need for this new protocol in Mercer County,â said Robert Twaddle, vice president of prehospital care for AHN. âWe greatly appreciate our partnership with Superior, which is based on a common goal of always doing what is best for the patient, and look forward to future opportunities for collaboration and cooperation for the good of the community. “
AHN Grove City Hospital is a 67-bed acute care hospital in Mercer County. Formerly Grove City Medical Center, the hospital joined Allegheny Health Network in January 2020. It employs 300 people.
Pictured: Doug Dick, owner of the Superior Ambulance, and Dr. Matthew Oczypok, AHN Grove City emergency physician.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.