Cardiac & Resuscitation, News

Iowa EMS Department Raises Funds for CPR Device

Platteville EMS is raising funds to purchase Zoll AutoPulses to be placed in each of the ambulances responsible for responding to 911 calls.

The Zoll AutoPulse is a mechanical cardio-pulmonary resuscitation device that performs the compression portion of CPR. The AutoPulse resembles a half backboard with a band that comes across the patient’s chest. The patient is placed on the board and is lined up for the constricting band to come to a rest on the chest in a designated position. The band is pulled tight, compressing the chest.

The AutoPulse allows for continuous high-quality compressions that remain consistent throughout the entire time the machine is working. Over the past several years, Platteville EMS has had some cardiac-arrest saves in which the patient had a favorable outcome.

Through grants, donations and pledges already received, Platteville EMS has raised approximately two-thirds the amount needed. Platteville EMS still needs to raise $10,404 in order to purchase the equipment. For further information about the Zoll AutoPulse, contact EMS Administrator Brian Allen by email at [email protected] or by calling: 608-348-1835.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to Platteville EMS, Attn: AutoPulse, Post Office Box 780, Platteville, WI 53818-0780.