5G will unleash a massive new round of innovation, and the New T-Mobile is poised to deliver a truly transformative 5G network across the country, should regulators approve T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint. With the combined assets of the two companies, along with a significant investment in building out a new supercharged 5G network, the New T-Mobile will be able to quickly develop and deploy 5G for all. 5G will usher in a wave of change and innovation, bolstering the economy and helping bridge the digital divide. The impact will be far-reaching.
To get a better sense of that impact, we’ve sought out experts in their respective fields to share their own vision of how 5G for all will empower people across this diverse country.
Today, we hear from Mariana Beckham, an experienced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with Tri-Med Ambulance, a private ambulance company that has been serving the greater Seattle area since 1995. Starting out with just a trio of ambulances, Tri-Med now runs an impressive fleet of 35 state-of-the-art ambulances that are exclusively contracted with multiple Fire Departments throughout Puget Sound — and depended upon at the most crucial of times.
“5G stands to revolutionize emergency medical care,” says Beckham, “saving critical time, and, in turn, helping first responders save lives.”
Beckham offers key insights as to how 5G will revolutionize emergency response for Tri-Med and EMTs everywhere.
What will 5G mean for an ambulance responding to an emergency situation?
In a life-or-death emergency situation, every split-second counts. With 5G, pretty much everything can be connected, including ambulances. Imagine if, instead of just using lights and sirens, a connected ambulance could push out alerts to individual vehicles that it’s approaching, even before a driver can see or hear it, and even communicate to streetlights, crosswalks and the roads. Other vehicles will make way sooner, improving safety and response times. 5G could very literally help clear the pathway to a whole new approach to emergency response. This will be crucial in helping an ambulance get to its destination as quickly and safely as possible. It will significantly impact our overall patient care. 5G will help us save time, which in turn will help us save lives.
How will 5G transform patient care?
Delivering information to a hospital is one of the most important aspects of our job. With 5G connectivity, first responders and their vehicles will be highly connected to hospitals and other emergency facilities. It will also offer an EMT or paramedic the ability to conduct high-definition ultra-sounds or X-Rays and transmit that data, and have a real-time conversation with a physician or clinician, so even more triage could happen in ambulances — well in advance of arriving at the hospital. Additionally, the information will aid decisions on which hospital the patient should be taken to, and the on-site doctors and staff will be prepared for when the patient arrives. 5G will effectively turn our emergency vehicles into emergency rooms.
Can you tell us a bit more about how a 5G-connected ambulance might look?
For one, augmented reality will definitely make a huge difference in our first responder situations. Connected glasses could display critical information for an EMT. The patient’s medical history and medications, their allergies, age, blood pressure, heartrate, oxygen levels — augmented reality will be a breakthrough tool in setting up first responders with that life-saving data.
5G-connected monitors will be able to call for help. Some patients with a severe medical condition will have embedded or wearable monitors, capable of informing first responders and doctors of their condition and history. So let’s say someone with a heart condition collapses. Her monitor would detect the fall and immediately alert emergency dispatch. An ambulance specifically equipped and staffed with first responders trained for heart attacks and cardiac arrest would be sent to her location. They would have life-saving medication — specifically prescribed to that patient — ready to administer the moment they arrive.
What other sorts of life-saving breakthroughs will 5G usher in for emergency response?
I think in the near future, 5G-connected drones will play a critical role in emergency response. With 5G there won’t be any lag time with what the drone sees to what the drone operator sees. We’ll be able to safely fly life-saving equipment or medications beyond line-of-sight, directly reaching a patient, wherever they are. For example, an AED (portable defibrillator) for someone having a heart attack or an EpiPen for someone who is having a severe allergic reaction. Imagine if we were able to help a hiker who is stranded where we just can’t get an ambulance to them. With 5G-connected drones, we’d be able to locate and survey disaster areas, locate victims and provide water and other crucial supplies that are necessary for survival. In a life-and-death situation, just a few seconds changes everything. 5G will expand the horizons of what’s possible today and help first responders of tomorrow set new ones — and very literally soar beyond them.
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