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EMS puts defibrillators on board ambulances

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

NEW EQUIPMENT: Director of Fulton County Hospital EMS Scott A. Moody sits inside an ambulance containing one of the new 12-lead monitor defibrillators purchased with grant money. Photo/Ariola
Fulton County EMS is making strides for residents for responding to emergency calls and rescue efforts.Fulton County Hospital Emergency Medical Services applied for a grant through the National Emergency Medicine Association on Sept. 24, according to the director of EMS, Scott A. Moody.

He received word Oct. 11 that the grant was approved in the amount of $50,277. And the money was put to good use. It was used to purchase three 12-lead monitor defibrillators. The older three lead monitors that did not have the advanced capabilities were traded in.

Moody explained that the monitors have already been placed in the ambulances and EMS personnel are trained to use them.These monitors are part of standard advanced life support equipment. Moody explained that acquiring these monitors allows the EMS workers a better means to detect acute myocardial infarction. It also allows the EMS workers to start definitive treatment on the patient before arrival at the hospital. According to Moody, for every minute that is lost the patient can lose 10 percent of heart muscle. It is critical to detect this, Moody added.

The monitors are used to get the patient's underlying heart rhythm. And have the capabilities for use as a phone and can fax information to proper facilities. The information is faxed so the doctor can have a better understanding of what the patient needs.With the use of the monitor medical personnel can reduce door-to-drug time, Moody said. The quicker the doctor can give the necessary drugs more of the heart muscle can be saved, and the better the chance of survival.Other improvements are also being made for the residents of Fulton County.Moody said, "We are pleased to have the command unit." The unit is a mobile unit that is equipped with computer, fax and Internet hook-up. It is used specifically for mass casualty incidents.

The county has this unit available because of the Salem Fire Department and the Fulton County Emergency Services. Moody said that recently it was brought to his attention there were claims the ambulance base in Mammoth Spring had been closed down. He said this is not true. The Fulton County Hospital placed that base there and operates to serve the residents in that area. The base is staffed with an advanced life support crew seven days a week. And when the unit is not physically parked at the base the phones are answered at the Fulton County Hospital with direct radio contact to the medics assigned to the base.Moody said he would be glad to speak to any association or civic group. He can be contacted at 870-895-2691.

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