Geneva, New York — Geneva General Hospital recently donated life-saving equipment to the North Seneca Ambulance in Waterloo. The ZOLL AutoPulse is a device that automatically delivers chest compressions.
The device has not been used at Geneva General because of other existing equipment and more available hands. Thus, the nursing staff in the Intensive Care Unit suggested the equipment be donated to an ambulance service to support safe transports from across Finger Lakes Health’s rural service area.
“We applaud the work of all Emergency Medical Services personnel and agencies that give life-saving care in the field, and are grateful for their exceptional services,” said Candy Klaeysen, director of Acute Nursing at Geneva General Hospital.
EMT-Basic Mike Bonnell (left) and EMT-Critical Care John Barnard demonstrate the AutoPulse system, a machine that allows for automatic chest compressions on patients. The system was a donation from Geneva General to the North Seneca Ambulance.
John Barnard, a volunteer EMT-Critical Care with North Seneca, says the AutoPulse machine is equivalent to the best human Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The AutoPulse is a non-invasive cardiac support pump that squeezes the entire chest, resulting in more consistent, high-quality compressions and thus improved blood flow.
“The AutoPulse give us the ability to start the CPR right in the house, and then administer it continuously all the way to the ambulance and then on to the ED. That’s important, especially if we get a call from a rural area and have to drive to Geneva General,” said Barnard.
The machine allows rescuers to provide compressions while transporting a victim down stairs or while performing other life-saving activities in the back of an ambulance. Since there are usually just two people on an ambulance at a given time, and the mechanics of CPR can be quite tiring with at least100 reps per minute, the AutoPulse machine offers a valuable “extra set of hands,” Barnard explained.
Barnard noted North Seneca Ambulance is thankful for the device, but isn’t surprised by Geneva General’s neighborly spirit.
“We have a nice relationship with the Geneva General Emergency Department staff,” said Barnard. “Many of the doctors and staff know us by first name – they are all exceptional there.”