Edina Paramedics Use Ultrasound Machines to Save Time, Lives

Updated: 03/25/2013 5:50 PM KSTP.com By: Ellen Galles

When you're in the back of an ambulance, every second counts. The Edina Fire Department is trying to make the most of those seconds by using ultrasound machines while it transports patients.

The machines are mainly used to detect internal bleeding around the organs of trauma patients. Paramedics say it helps them determine where the patient should go, and alert the hospital about what kind of care the patient may need.

"We don't want to waste time in the field," says John Brooks a paramedic for the Edina Fire Department.

Each machine costs about $15,000.