Mercy Health Systems donates CPR technology to Walworth County rescue workers

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Gazette staff
Thursday, July 17, 2014

WALWORTH—Seven first responder units are receiving medical technology that delivers hands-free CPR compressions.

The machines improve survival for cardiac arrest patients, according to a news release.

Mercy Health System is purchasing and donating seven LUCAS Chest Compression Systems units.

The seven squads receiving the machines are: Bloomfield and Genoa City Fire Department, City of Delavan Fire Department in conjunction with Medix Ambulance Services, Fontana Fire Department, town of Linn Fire Department, Sharon Fire Department, Whitewater Fire Department and town of Randall Fire Department.

The technology reportedly allows medical staff to give cardiac arrest patients ventilation, medication and defibrillation, and plan future patient care while the machine delivers compressions.

The machine also reduces the number of possible interruptions that can effect the quality of care, like transport conditions, rescuer fatigue and experience level, said Jay McNeal, EMS medical director for Mercy Health System.

"It's new and exciting," McNeal said. "The squads are very excited to have it."

The technology has been used by Beloit and Janesville fire and rescue officials, according to the release, and saved lives. This is the first time it is being used in Walworth County.

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