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  • New Castle County Paramedics putting new cardiac monitors into service to replace 16-year-old equipment

  • The New Castle County Paramedics are deploying new cardiac monitors to all paramedic units through a $1.6 million capital project. The monitor/defibrillator/pacemaker devices replace older model equipment that was originally purchased in 1998.
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  • The New Castle County Paramedics are deploying new cardiac monitors to all paramedic units through a $1.6 million capital project. The monitor/defibrillator/pacemaker devices replace older model equipment that was originally purchased in 1998.
    “This is probably the piece of equipment that is most frequently used by our paramedics,” said County Executive Thomas P. Gordon in a press release. “Upgrading their medical equipment and giving them the most modern tools to do their job will allow them to continue to save lives.”
    The new devices can simultaneously monitor several vital signs including heart rhythm, heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels and temperature. The device can also be used to deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillate, as well as electrically pace a patient’s heart. Since 1998, the New Castle County Paramedics have performed 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECG) to identify patients having heart attacks and have pre-alerted hospital resources to expedite their care.
    “The new cardiac monitors will allow paramedics to evaluate cardiac patients and perform a 12-lead ECG. The ability of our paramedics to interpret the ECG quickly and accurately has allowed our hospital systems to activate their cardiac catheterization lab prior to patient arrival”, said Dr. Robert Rosenbaum, medical director for New Castle County from the state Office of Emergency Medical Services. “This shortens the time needed to provide treatment and get blood flowing through a blocked artery in the heart more quickly. The new monitors will improve this process even further.”
    Emergency Medical Services Division Chief Lawrence Tan said he was grateful for the support of the Department of Public Safety by County Executive Gordon and his ongoing commitment that
    County personnel had all the tools necessary to do their jobs well.
    “The New Castle County Paramedics provide a critical service that can significantly impact the quality of life of those that become suddenly ill or injured”, Chief Tan said. “The new equipment will enable us to maintain our commitment to service excellence and allow the paramedics to continue to deliver high quality patient care.”

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