New technology promises to aid EMS personnel during CPR
Manila, May 2017—The Emergency Medical Service of the Philippines (EMS) pushes to acquire new technologies to aid them in practicing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in the field. The group practiced CPR at their recently concluded annual convention last May 14 to 20 at the Tanghalang Pasigueno in Pasig City.
Various EMS personnel including trained paramedics, ambulance drivers, and even police officers attended and got acquainted with the new Zoll technology from HealthSolutions that upgrades and accelerates how they can do CPR.
“EMS is a practice of medicine outside the hospitals. It is a system with many different agencies that working together like dispatchers, EMTs or paramedics, ambulance drivers, emergency departments, EMS physicians and the community,” Dr. Richard Santos, Medical Specialist and EMS Physician said.
The group hopes to have Zoll technology in the cities of Metro Manila and nationwide in the future. “The EMS system is as strong as the personnel working within the system. But we also need the technology because it makes our work safer and easier. And Zoll has been supportive in developing such technologies that we can apply during our day to day practice,” he added.
The introduction of the various Zoll defibrillators made EMS personnel more confident in practicing CPR as they were guided by the technology to help achieve their targeted results for high quality CPR. The group used the R Series Defibrillators with Basic Cardiac Monitor for hospital and X-Series for EMS that provide optimal defibrillation, and pacing treatments for all patients and manage data to address critical quality improvements.
Furthermore, the members of the EMS were impressed with the introduction of the Zoll Autopulse as it is promised to give consistent high-quality CPR even while they are transporting patients during emergency situations, which is usually fast-paced with a lot of disruptions.
“Ideally our responders (you) would need one person to do the chest compression, airway, delivery of medication. Basically, you need about 5 to 6 people to do the work and with this technology, you can reduce one or two personnel who can do other things,” Dr. Santos said.
Auto pulse, which is an automated CPR machine that literally does the CPR for you as it squeezes the patient’s entire chest to improve blood flow to the heart and brain. Even better, the machine comes with a soft stretcher where rescuers can continue providing high-quality CPR down steep stairwells, around sharp corners, or even in a cramped elevator.
According to Dr. Santos, the Local Government in Pasig where the convention was held is interested to acquire the machines for the city. “One of the targets is to have these in pre-hospital settings and emergency departments,” Dr. Santos added.
For more information on Zoll and EMS, visit the HealthSolutions office at G/F Tao Corporate Center, 2291 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, or contact them at the following numbers: (632) 8365858 to 62, (632) 8365853 (service hotline), and telefax (632) 8365863.