The Edina Fire Department, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, will soon help operate a first-of-its-kind truck specializing in treating cardiac arrests.
The fire-truck-sized vehicle, which will use a heart-lung bypass machine to treat patients who are experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest, will be stored and staffed by the Edina Fire Department. At its meeting Aug. 4, the Edina City Council approved an agreement to partner with the university’s Center for Resuscitation Medicine, which officially launched the vehicle earlier this year.
“We’re able to take part in a program that’s advancing neurologically intact survival from a sudden cardiac arrest,” Edina EMS Chief Ryan Quinn told the Sun Current. “If we can be a part of latest and greatest evidence-based medicine, then it’s a unique place to be and great opportunity for us to play a role.”