A new piece of equipment has been introduced to Hall Ambulance paramedics that serves as essentially another person on scene — and provides continuous compressions while implementing improved blood flow at the same time.
AutoPulse, a ZOLL Medical Corp. invention, provides high-quality CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The “unique device” will allow Hall Ambulance paramedics to give treatment quickly while also continuing compressions consistently — which increases one’s likelihood of surviving, said Bryan Pank, senior EMS account executive for ZOLL.
The new piece of equipment was introduced at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Here’s how it works: The machine itself consists of a board and a “lifeband,” which actually gives compressions. First responders will put a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest on the board and place the lifeband around their chest, which will then tighten based on the circumference of the person’s chest. From there, “the magic of the bloodflow really occurs,” Pank said — the lifeband begins to give compressions.