The township of Lyndhurst has equipped one of its ambulances with a Zoll AutoPulse Non-Invasive Cardiac Support Pump which generates consistent chest compressions and improves blood flow to the heart and brain, a township press release said.
Township Police Emergency Squad personnel demonstrated use of the device in a simulation episode at a recent meeting of the Board of Commissioners.
“Once a person is in cardiac arrest, every minute counts to get the heart beating normally again,” said PES Capt. Tarcisio Nunes. “For every minute that passes, the chance of survival decreases by 10%. After 10 minutes, survival is unlikely.
“Our goal is to protect the lives of Lyndhurst’s citizens and this purchase is an important step in helping to achieve that goal. I have been an EMT (emergency medical technician) for more than 10 years and I have never seen such a device that does what the AutoPulse does.”
Nunes said the equipment can be used to perform the chest compressions as rescuers transport a patient to an area hospital.
According to the township release, nearly 10,000 AutoPulse devices were being used in hospitals and emergency service units worldwide as of February 2014.
The device was unveiled as township commissioners marked the week of May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week and paid tribute to the local Police Emergency Squad’s 73-yearrecord of providing “invaluable lifesaving service to the township and its residents and businesses.”