APPARATUS TO BE EQUIPPED WITH ZOLL X SERIES MONITORS/CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATORS
Due to an exciting 1.8 million dollar grant acquired by the Spokane Valley Fire Department in conjunction with Spokane County and Zoll Medical devices, for the first time in the history of SVFD, all front line apparatus will be equipped with identical X Series Monitors/Cardiac Defibrillators. Regardless of whether they are a (BLS) Basic Life Support EMT apparatus or an (ALS) Advance Life Support Paramedic apparatus, they will be arriving on scene with the latest and most advanced life saving device on board.
Essentially, this means a second-in Paramedic on an engine or ladder will show up to a cardiac or other emergency event with the exact same device they use on their apparatus, already placed on the patient, and ready to go by the earlier arriving BLS company. This will save precious minutes, not having to switch out to a different machine as had to be done in the past, allowing the newly arriving paramedic to immediately go to work saving the patient’s life.
Another breakthrough on the X Series Monitor is its ability to provide instantaneous live feedback to the firefighter as to the depth and quality of CPR chest compressions. This is done through the use of a disposable smart phone style accelerometer built into a small pad (for you technology geeks out there) placed on the chest prior to starting compressions.