Kingsport Times-News: Hawkins EMS receives grant for lifesaving chest compression devices

Hawkins EMS receives grant for lifesaving chest compression devices

Jeff Bobo • Mar 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County EMS was recently awarded nearly $30,000, not as a result of its funding request to the County Commission, but in the form of an equipment grant that will save the lives of heart attack patients.

Last month, Hawkins County EMS was notified that it had been awarded a $28,440 Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant to pay 100 percent of the cost of purchasing two Zoll AutoPulse chest compression devices with accessories.

Hawkins County EMS Director Jason Murrell told the Times-News last week that the new chest compression devices will be an invaluable asset to the men and women of that agency, as well as the citizens of Hawkins County.

“It frees up another set of hands during a cardiac arrest, who is then able to do other things because this machine is doing the work of one person, actually dong consistent, adequate chest compression on a person who suffers sudden cardiac arrest,” Murrell said. “You just push a button and it starts on its own.

“Usually when we have a cardiac arrest, we have to have two ambulances there, or we have to call the rescue squad or fire department. This frees up both people on an ambulance to do the other necessities.”

The AutoPulse squeezes the patient’s entire chest to improve blood flow to the heart and brain.

When the AutoPulse’s stabilizing board is placed on a soft stretcher, rescuers can continue providing CPR down steep stairwells, around corners or even in a cramped elevator.

Compared with manual CPR, the AutoPulse has been shown to reduce interruptions in compressions during transport by more than 85.6 percent.

Studies have demonstrated improved vital signs because the AutoPulse drives superior blood flow, resulting in coronary perfusion pressure levels 33 percent higher than those of sternal compressions, positively impacting return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and survival.

Murrell said Hawkins County EMS appreciates the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for its commitment to public safety and preparedness.

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