County new ambulance equipment buys new ambulance equipment

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At a meeting last month, the Anderson County commission approved the purchase of new devices to help the ambulance service better serve residents.

Among them were devices that automatically press on patients’ chests for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). However, as Nathan Sweet, director of Anderson County emergency medical services, told the county commission budget committee, in a paper provided to The Oak Ridger, the use of a machine to this process has advantages.

The Lucas chest compression device.
The Lucas chest compression machine, right, and its carrying case.

The use of the devices “frees up the EMS team to perform other vital tasks necessary for resuscitation efforts,” the document said. These devices are “particularly important in rural settings where additional first responders may be delayed or understaffed.”

The county commission voted to purchase eight of these Lucas 3.1 chest compression devices for $ 136,000 each.

Anderson County Emergency Medical Services workers Devin Gilliam and Rebecca Pace demonstrated the devices to the county commission using a dummy.

Anderson County Emergency Medical Services Deputy Chief Devin Gilliam presents medical supplies at an Anderson County Commission meeting.

These devices are just a few of the medical devices the County Commission has purchased for EMS. The county commission also purchased AirTraq laryngoscopes and video blades for $ 8,200 to help patients with damaged airways.

He bought two fans to replace the old ones for $ 30,000.

The Commission purchased two EPOC blood analysis systems for a total amount of $ 18,500. These give paramedics the opportunity to draw and test blood at a patient’s home.

He bought hands-free bag-valve-mask (BVM) self-ventilators for $ 66,400, which like Lucas devices free up time for first responders due to the hands-free nature of the devices.

A total of $ 6,300 will be used to purchase IV pumps to increase the ability to better deliver medication to patients.

A total of $ 7,998 was spent on two Butterfly iQ + ultrasound devices for homebound patients. Butterfly iQ + is a general-purpose diagnostic ultrasound imaging system developed by Butterfly Network, a United States-based digital health company, according to its website.

Butterfly iQ + is a general purpose diagnostic ultrasound imaging system

County commissioner Robert McKamey brought forward the motion to approve the purchases and Chuck Fritts seconded the motion, before the board approved the purchases.

Ben Pounds is a reporter for The Oak Ridger. Call him at (865) 441-2317, email him @Bpoundsjournal and follow him on Twitter @Bpoundsjournal.

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