A metro fire department has a new tool to help save lives during emergencies.
The Johnston Fire Department received a mechanical CPR device last week. The department got a grant to cover the $15,000 cost.
The machines compresses at a rate of 101 beats per minutes, which is a national standard.
All firefighters and EMS personnel are trained to use the battery operated device that works on both young patients and adults.
“It is a continuous compression device that we can use immediately a when we arrive on scene during a cardiac arrest. It doesn’t come off them until potentially they get the cath lab in the hospital,” explained Nick Stewart
Besides offering uninterrupted compressions, the device has three other perks. It frees up a set of hands allowing rescuers to do things like give medications, EMS can also administer defibrillation with AED’s at the same time and finally, it increases patient outcomes.
Other metro fire departments are also using this device.