INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 16, 2014) — When seconds count, the people called up on to try to keep you alive have some new help.
Indianapolis EMS is using a new monitor that takes away the guess-work, and lets them focus on your life. Consider the situation you’d be in if you’re lying there in cardiac arrest, or even dead. You would want medics to focus on you, and not solely on the cardiac monitor.
“Seconds count when we’re not doing C.P.R., that’s a critical time that we need to be keeping track of, and this makes it easy to keep track of,” said Paramedic Mateo Agresta.
Chest compressions are done with the help of the new electronic device, which is about the size of a smart phone, that sits on your chest. It’s attached to the cardiac monitor, and follows the medics C.P.R. rhythms.
“Lets you know how good of compressions you’re doing. If I’m not doing compressions good enough, it’ll tell me,” Agresta said. “And it’ll tell you to compress deeper.”
Saving a person’s life is a very exhausting job, and the new machine recognizes that.
“If someone is getting exhausted, generally we want to switch out every two minutes anyway, because it is exhausting. But, this will tell you if someone is getting exhausted and the compressions are no longer effective,” he said.
When it gets down to life or death, timing is everything.
“We can just focus on actual patient care, and we can let someone else or let the monitor focus on compression and ventilation. It monitors everything so we don’t have to,” Agresta said.
There is one of the machines on every ambulance, in supervisor vehicles and even some for special events. Of course, nothing beats good training and education, this is just a tool to make medics better.