Austin-Travis County EMS looks to speed up patient diagnoses with ultrasound tech

 Austin-Travis County EMS looks to speed up patient diagnoses with ultrasound tech

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Ambulances across the city of Austin and Travis County have some new technology to help them save lives.

The device is called the Butterfly Ultrasound device, which will help diagnose trauma patients before getting to the hospital.

“This gives us a window into different types of disease processes that are going on,” said Austin-Travis County EMS District 2 Commander Michael Wright. “One of the primary patient populations that we will be serving will be trauma patients.”

The ultrasound device allows for first responders to look for things like blood in the kidneys, bladder or cardiac heart injuries.

Commander Wright demonstrated the device on one of his first responders Wednesday for KXAN’s Kaitlyn Karmout.

“That’s his heart beat right inside, and there’s so much information we can…

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