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St. Maarten Ambulance Department invests in chest compression equipment

THURSDAY, 11 APRIL 2013

PHILIPSBURG–In an effort to continue to further professionalise the operations of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and to equip ambulances and expand the level of care in the area of advanced cardiac life support, the EMS Department has purchased two pieces of Auto Pulse equipment made by Zoll Medical Corporation.

The Auto Pulse is an automated portable device with an easy-to-use load-distributing Life Band that squeezes the entire chest, improving blood flow to the heart and brain during sudden cardiac arrest. The Auto Pulse units cost US $15,950 each.

It has been documented and proven through case studies that this device delivers high-quality uninterrupted chest compression to maintain myocardial and cerebral perfusion even when moving patients and/or travelling in an ambulance.

“When every second counts it is important we have the right equipment and trained staff to administer emergency care in order for them to save our lives,” said Minister of Public Health Cornelius de Weever.

Pelegrina Equipment Corporation in Puerto Rico is the official Zoll representative in the Caribbean and Norberto Rodriquez will be training the Ambulance Department’s operational staff April 10-11, including practical training in the use of this innovative and vital equipment, at the Ambulance Department headquarters at the Fire and Ambulance Building in Cay Hill.

It has been proven that the Auto Pulse may offer a significant advantage over manual CPR, moving blood more consistently than human providers, a press release from the Department of Communications DComm said. It also offers the benefit of freeing up the ambulance nurse to focus on other life-saving interventions while keeping the patient and others safe in the back of a moving ambulance.

This investment will add value and certainly will bring the level of care to a much higher standard. Ambulances will be fully equipped to deal with any type of emergency situation in the pre-hospital care setting.

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