Ambulance Service Receives Life Saving Technology

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Paramedics know every second counts when they're trying to save a life. One Eastern Kentucky ambulance service, DHP, is putting emergency room technology in their ambulances.

"I know I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for that machine," said Marcia Morgan.

Paramedics used it when Morgan suffered a massive heart attack.

"She had no pulse, she wasn't breathing," said Critical Care Paramedic Marc Tarver.

"I died, I was gone. I didn't know what happened and when I come to, they were doing everything," Morgan said.

"Within five seconds she was breathing and coming around," Tarver said.

Her life was saved before she ever got to the hospital.

"We put electricity through you. Evidently 120 volts to be exact he told me," Morgan said.

Those volts are different from normal EKG's and what paramedics say make this portable defibrillator better than the rest.

"Starts from the top and the bottom and meets in the middle for a more efficient contraction," Tarver said.

It doesn't have to be a life saving emergency to use these. Paramedics say they can use this for just about anything. They can monitor a person's oxygen or blood pressure, and check for carbon dioxide. It even has blue-tooth technology to send the readings straight to the hospital's computers. Morgan is living proof the $120,000 for twelve was well spent.

"I'm really convinced this had everything to do with it," Tarver said.

DHP is holding training courses later this month so more paramedics can learn how to use the machines.

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