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National EMS Week: Mechanical-assistance CPR device, first in Washington County
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue is the first department in Washington County to incorporate this advanced system in CPR assistance to their toolbox
Firefighter EMTs and Paramedics can deploy this system to aid in CPR during patient movement and preparation for if a patient suffers cardiac arrest again
Post Date:05/23/2020 4:07 pm
In a sudden cardiac arrest event, seconds count. Hillsboro Fire & Rescue EMTs and paramedics respond quickly and provide advanced life support using specialized training, medications, and equipment. Crews work rapidly to stabilize the patient, deliver high-performance CPR, and ready them for transport to the hospital for ongoing critical care by awaiting doctors.
Moving the patient for transport to the hospital, especially through tight spaces like stairways, can hinder the quality and consistency of life-saving CPR. To manage this challenge, Hillsboro Fire was the first fire department in Washington County to deploy the Zoll AutoPulse® Resuscitation System. The battery-operated, integrated system automatically sizes to the patient and squeezes the patient’s entire chest to continue providing high-quality CPR during patient movement or during transport in the ambulance. The system can be used at the discretion of our paramedics and does not replace the important work of EMTs and paramedics but rather supplements CPR delivery.
“For several years now, our crews have seen excellent results from high-performance CPR with survival rates well above the national average. However, it is widely understood that there is truly no way deliver the same quality of CPR while a patient is moved on a stretcher or transporting a patient in the back of an ambulance, regardless of what the public sees on TV or movies. We are proud to offer a device to our community members that can provide an effective means of CPR during transport should a patient re-arrest en route to the hospital after we have successfully resuscitated that patient,” says Anne Raven, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue EMS Training Officer
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) started early and provided consistently give the patient the highest chances of survival and minimizes the probability of long-term deficits. This system is helpful as a tool for crews and provides durable value to the patient.