Volusia County Invests In State-Of-The-Art Lifesaving Patient Care Technology

By on December 13, 2016 in WNDB News


Volusia County, FL – Volusia County Public Protection has invested in some cutting edge lifesaving patient care technology.

79 Zoll X-series cardiac monitors were recently purchased for the County’s emergency medical services and fire rescue units. These monitors are the newest technology available to 1st-responders and they can be upgraded when emerging technology is developed.

“This equipment represents state-of-the-art EKG diagnostics and defibrillation/external heart pacing technology, and capable of providing hospital-quality EKG documentation to the receiving hospitals and awaiting cardiologists and heart catheterization labs through secure wireless transmission,” said John Zaragoza, Director of the Emergency Medical Services Division. “With emergency medical services and fire-rescue units using the same equipment countywide, the uniformity of care provided from first response to transportation to the waiting facility could be a lifesaver.”

Additionally, Emergency Medical Services bought 52 cardiac monitors that will be placed on each ambulance and 2 for paramedic supervisor vehicles. These monitors can transmit 12-lead EKGs from the scene of the 9-1-1 call to area hospitals, giving staff ample time to get specialized teams ready and on standby for when the patient arrives. Before these new monitors EVAC was transmitting 12-lead EKGS, but not until the patient was already being transported – so this gives hospital staff significantly more time to prepare.

27 cardiac monitors were also bought for Volusia County Fire Rescue. “We deployed the new monitors to all of our field units at the beginning of December,” said Volusia County Fire Chief Jeff Smith. “Our personnel have already recognized changes quicker with the patients’ status and adjusted care for a more favorable outcome.”

For more info about Emergency Medical Services or Fire Rescue go to Volusia.org.

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