New device replaces older, obsolete model
CMC is helping the Hooksett Fire–Rescue Department save lives thanks to a new device donated by CMC’s New England Heart and Vascular Institute Foundation. The Physio-Control LIFEPAK® 15 monitor/defibrillator assists first responders by recording and wirelessly transmitting a host of vital signs on a cardiac patient as well as monitoring chest compress performed on the ambulance. CMC and the New England Heart and Vascular Institute presented the device, valued at $28,000, to the Department on June 17th.
“When transporting a cardiac patient, there are many challenges,” explains Chief James Burkush, of the Hooksett Fire Department. “This device will give first responders more accurate vital signs to help them care for patients in transit to the hospital. This state-of-the-art unit is ideal for the pre-hospital setting because it’s rugged and durable – perfect for our needs.”
The LIFEPAK 15 unit is capable of providing monitoring blood pressure, pulse, and cardiac and respiratory function, as well as recording and transmitting 12-Lead EKGs – vital signs that are important to every medical call. Upgraded from previous models used by Hooksett Fire-Rescue, this new unit also has carbon monoxide monitoring and core temperature monitoring. The wireless capability for transmitting vital signs allows first responders to gauge the effectiveness of their treatments and provide real-time data to the receiving hospital.
“Every piece of information about a patient’s status helps us better care for them when they arrive at the hospital,” says Louis Fink, MD and Medical Director of the New England Heart and Vascular Institute. “We’ve seen the life saving difference a device like this can make in the field.”
CMC and the New England Heart and Vascular Institute are focused on improving the quality of pre-hospital care in the field, having worked closely with many Fire and EMS Departments in the state to secure training, enhance communication, and obtain life-saving equipment.
Pictured L-R are: Kevin Drew, CMC Director of Emergency Department and EMS Services; Loius Fink, MD and Medical Director of the New England Heart and Vascular Institute at CMC; Lt. Joseph Stalker, Hooksett Firefighter/Critical Care Paramedic; and Michael Kelley, CMC EMS/Tramua Coordinator