Rushville Republican


May 27, 2014

Rushville Fire/Rescue orders defibrillator

The Rushville Fire/Rescue Department announced on May 20 that it has ordered a Zoll Biphasic 12-Lead defibrillator.

Rushville Fire/Rescue Chief Chuck Jenkins said the device’s state-of-the-art monitoring, communications, and defibrillating capabilities will help Rushville Fire and EMS units provide faster treatment to patients experiencing cardiac emergencies. He said each new unit costs $4,500.

“These new Zoll Biphasic 12-Lead defibrillators will enable us to more quickly and thoroughly diagnose and treat patients,” Jenkins said. “In particular, we can now continuously monitor 12-lead electrocardiographs [heart activity] in the field or in the ambulance during transport while simultaneously transmitting data directly to the emergency department at the hospital. The result is that heart attack patients can be both diagnosed and treated much faster, starting right in the field. By reducing time to treatment, the 12-Lead defibrillators, helps patients achieve much better outcomes.”

Jenkins said the new defibrillators and heart monitors will not change the city’s intercept agreement with RMH, but is an effort to continue to improve the city’s Fire/Rescue leave of patient care.

Used both in hospitals and in the field, the 12-Lead defibrillators feature a CPR audible prompt to aid in CPR compressions and ventilation.

The purchased unit will also be used to monitor a patient’s blood pressure and oxygen saturation. Jenkins said that the defibrillators is another vital piece of equipment on board the Rushville Fire/Rescue ambulance.

“The ultimate goal is saving lives and assuring the highest patient care, and this new technology is a great way to help us do that,” Jenkins said. “I appreciated the unwavering commitment of Mayor Pavey, the council and the administration for allowing our EMS service to evolve into an excellent and affordable service.”

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