BELOIT (WIFR) – A local hospital is teaming up with the Beloit Fire Department to make EMT’s more effective in the field.
Mercy Health System donated three CPR compression systems to be used on heart attack victims. The devices are actually hands free which allows emergency responders to focus on other life-saving therapies like ventilation and medication. It also means the compressions will be more consistent and we don’t have to worry about our rescuer getting too tired to continue.
"It's huge for us because without these units, we're still doing the old style of CCR, or you know, it's more hands on type stuff, and like I said, it's going to make our job easier," said Dep. Chief of EMS Joe Murray.
The system is already in use; two Beloit fire trucks and one Janesville vehicle have the device.