The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Features

January 11, 2013

New equipment to assist with patients’ cardiac emergencies

CLINTON — A new defibrillator is helping the Clinton Fire Department provide better and faster care to patients seeking emergency services, especially those suffering from acardiac problems.  

The Life Pak 15, a Physio product, allows the department to monitor a patient’s heart rhythm, blood pressure, CO2 and other conditions as they are transported to the emergency room during an emergency call.

The new equipment allows for the information on the patient to be transmitted to the hospital and also has Bluetooth capabilities.   

“I can transmit the data to my computer and we can see everything that incident did in real time,” Clinton Fire Department Division Chief Andrew McGovern said.

The equipment replaces a 10-year-old defibrillator that did not have nearly the same monitoring capabilites.

“It’s like going from a Chevy to a Cadillac,” firefighter Ed Wing said during a training session on Thursday at Central Fire.  

 The Life Pak was purchased using a $217,640 assistance to firefighters grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency the department was awarded in 2011. The city of Clinton also provided a 10 percent match for the equipment.  

With the grant money, the fire department was able to purchase the defibrillator, lithium ion batteries, software and other items.  

Firefighters got their first glimpse of the new technology two months ago.

They trained on it Thursday and will do so approximately every month as part of the training program laid out by the department’s medical director.     

“We do this pretty much every day for real,” Firefighter Kurt VanDellen said.

A group of firefighters practices using the equipment by giving different scenarios they would experience with an actual patient and reacting appropriately. 

In addition to shocking a patient’s heart into a normal rhythm, the defibrillator can also help in a case where a patient is having trouble breathing, or has been subjected to smoke during a fire.  

“We’re more confident in our abilities. This machine is much more accurate,” VanDellen said.  

The Clinton Fire Department is the only emergency response team within a 20 mile radius that provides basic life support to patients 24 hours a day. The new defibrillator will allow the department to provide the highest level of advanced life support to not only Clinton residents, but patients in the region.  

“It’s very important. Especially in cardiac care, it dramatically dropped door to drug time or door to cath lab time,” McGovern said. “The patient is able to get better and quicker care at the hospital because we can identify what is going on.”

1
Text Only
Features
  • 7-22-14 water 2 Rotary Club donation gets water to Haitians CLINTON — Nine Haitian communities now have the blessing of clean water due to the work of local Iowa Rotary clubs, including Clinton’s, and the charity Water for Life.Water for Life Directors Joy and Leon Miller have been drilling wells for years as

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-22-14 Emily Evans 7 seek pageant crown CLINTON — The time has come for Miss Clinton County Brandy Herrington to pass her crown on to the next lucky contestant and this year the competition is thick.When the event commences on Saturday at the DeWitt Central Performing Arts Center, seven yo

    July 22, 2014 7 Photos

  • Jhanson Calling America home CLINTON — Born in Russia, Natasha Jhanson now considers the United States her home.When the 41-year-old was born in Russia, the Soviet Union was still intact. When Natasha was 14, the area split into multiple countries. At that point, her family move

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-18-14 Party in the Park Party in the Park a big hit CAMANCHE — Nearly 300 people joined together Thursday to celebrate their community and all it has to offer to its residents.During the fourth annual Party in the Park, Camanche combined all their forces including city councilmen, business owners and

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 130408_NT_BEA_good kids We're raising a generation of timid kids

    A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Choir reunion spanning five decades CLINTON — Music helped Dan Ivory form long-lasting bonds. A Clinton High graduate in 1989, Ivory said being able to sing and play in the marching band was a rewarding experience for him, one he has sorely missed over the last 25 years.“Being in a cap

    July 14, 2014

  • Jered Birt Birt joins Northeast staff DEWITT — After eight years of teaching physical education and coaching in the Central Community School District in DeWitt, Jered Birt, 33, will move to Northeast Middle/High School.Birt was recently named the assistant principal at Northeast Middle/H

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • 'Y' raising funds with annual art event CLINTON — What difference can $20,000 make for the YWCA’s mission? That’s the amount raised from last year’s Art Under the Stars event, all of which went toward helping support the association’s victims of violence mission work.“It truly is entertain

    July 11, 2014

  • Slate of 'family-friendly' activities begins July 16 DEWITT — Clinton County has found its “fair niche,” said county fair director Mary Stevenson. The goal is to keep the event family friendly, and with four days packed with activities, Stevenson feels that her group has accomplished the task once agai

    July 10, 2014

  • Whiteside County book A historical perspective FULTON, Ill. — After nearly three years of research, the Whiteside County Genealogy Society and Fulton Historical Society are ready to unveil a one-of-a-kind historical archive for the people of Whiteside County.Comprised of detailed family lineage a

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook