Chest Compression Device Being Sought
At its Aug. 25 regular meeting, the Wetzel County Commission heard a proposal from Jim Glasscock II of Folsom Emergency Management Services. Glasscock requested that the commission purchase a Lucas 2 chest compression device for each of the county’s ambulances.
Glasscock said the Lucas 2 device is effective because of today’s CPR standards, which request the administer of CPR perform non-stop compressions. Glasscock said that with the Lucas 2 device, he has seen five individuals that have return circulation as well as four that have walked out of the hospital.
The device also stops every two minutes to allow for a pulse check.
Glasscock remarked that the device also allows the ambulance crew to stay safely in their seats to administer medication.
Ultimately, Glasscock said, the goal is to have a Lucas 2 device in every ambulance in Wetzel County.
Ray Renaud, of the Wetzel County Office of Emergency Services, was also present to support Glasscock’s proposal. Renaud said the devices were to be used in the ambulance primarily.
“You can’t do effective CPR in an ambulance,” he stated.
The grand total for eight Lucas 2 devices, one for each ambulance, would be $152,705.78. This would include a four-year service agreement, battery charger, a power supply cord, and extra battery for each device.
Renaud further remarked that the device would be handy when first responders respond by an all-terrain-vehicle.
Glasscock also proposed that the commission consider purchasing two LifePak monitors, one for each of Folsom’s ambulances.
Glasscock stated that Folsom currently possesses the “LifePak 12” devices. He said that the devices are “really passed their time of useful purpose.” The EMS would prefer to upgrade to “LifePak 15.”
With the LifePak 15 device, the EMS would be able to transmit patient information via air, to hospitals.
“When the hospital suspects the patient is having an acute heart attack, they can have the cardiologists waiting,” Glasscock stated that with the device, he has seen a patient in the cath lab, receiving help within 30 minutes of responding to the call.
Glasscock stated the device costs approximately $30,000. With two devices, along with a protection plan for each device, the total cost would be approximately $81,000.
Glasscock said there is constant blood pressure monitoring with each device as well.
“With the transmitting capability, especially in a rural area such as Folsom and Jacksonburg, the device can recognize if the patient is having a heart attack. The hospital can have the cardiologists ready,” Glasscock said.
Renaud remarked that the device also records the entire session and can provide a print-out of the response session.
Glasscock was asked, if he had to choose between the two devices, which of the devices was the most important, the Lucas 2 or the Lifepak 15.
Jim Colvin, of the Wetzel County Ambulance Authority, stated that the authority was supporting Glasscock’s venture. “You’ve helped us out a bunch. If you can help them with any of these devices, that’s great. We aren’t asking for anything right now, but we are definitely supporting what they are trying to do.”
Glasscock noted that “everything is changing daily in the EMS world.”
“When you see first-hand results of what these devices can do, it’s worth getting that money somehow.”
“I can’t imagine how great (Glasscock) must feel. He’s been on lots of cases with the Lucas 2 device. Four people having walked out of the hospital after having cardiac arrest.”
“Everyone’s manpower is limited,” Glasscock explained. “Sometimes you get one or two on the ambulance, you and the crew member that’s there. You have someone tied up for CPR. This device frees that out for drug administration or ventilation. It eliminates the need for extra man power.”
Glasscock further explained that Physio Control, the company that sells the device, will do hands-on training before the devices are put into operation.
It was explained that Glasscock’s station is made up entirely of volunteers.
“The class alone is 150 hours. You have to be really dedicated. There is a class going on right now at Pine Grove. Twenty-four were signed up, and six showed up. Finding a way to pay for those classes is a bad problem,” he explained.
It was further noted that training for a paramedic, which includes school, can cost thousands of dollars.
Commission President Bob Gorby complimented Glasscock on his thorough presentation.
“I put a lot of time into things I really believe in,” Glasscock responded.