Weekly Feature

2008-02-06 / Local News

Twin City Ambulance adds CPR device

Twin City Ambulance recently unveiled phase 2 of its Cardiac Care Program, which focuses on the resuscitation of patients who suffer sudden cardiac arrest and includes as its key feature the addition of a revolutionary CPR device called the AutoPulse.

The device, manufactured by Zoll Medical Corporation, is a noninvasive cardiac support pump that compresses the entire chest and increases blood flow to the heart and brain during resuscitation. Because the AutoPulse works in an automated and hands-free manner, it delivers consistent chest compressions without the interruptions that have severely hampered resuscitation efforts in the past.

Twin City has equipped every ambulance in its fleet with the AutoPulse.

"This initiative represents an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the health of our community," said Robert Orlowski, Twin City's business manager. "The success of phase 1 of our Cardiac Care Program encouraged us to launch phase 2 and purchase the AutoPulses."

Twin City introduced phase 1 of its Cardiac Care Program nearly two years ago. The centerpiece of phase 1 is the Zoll E-Series cardiac monitor/defibrillator. The E-Series is outfitted with technology that enables Twin City's paramedics to capture 12-lead EKGs in the field, and once captured, paramedics wirelessly transmit them to on-duty physicians at emergency rooms.

Armed with the critical diagnostic information, the Twin City paramedic and emergency room physician can consider treatment options previously unavailable to patients in the Western New York area. On numerous occasions, emergency room physicians have directed Twin City paramedics to transport patients directly to hospital cardiac catheterization laboratories for emergency angioplasty.

The goal of Twin City's Cardiac Care Program is to increase the survival rates of patients who suffer out-of-hospital coronary events, including heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest.

Nearly a half-million people die annually in the U.S. from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Only 5 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive. As each minute passes without effective circulation, the chances for survival of cardiac arrest decrease by 10 percent.

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