PEORIA (HOI) – New technology is coming to local fire departments as AMT is working to improve cardiac arrest patient outcomes.
Advanced Medical Transport launched it’s ‘Race to the Top’ initiative in 2014, as an effort to improve cardiac arrest survivability.
Now, the local not-for-profit paramedic service is investing in devices to help improve the mid and long-term outcomes of those patients. The device is called an ‘EleGARD’ Patient Positioning System.
“During CPR, we are going to slowly and progressively raise the patient’s head to approximately 30 degrees and what that’s going to do is it’s going to help to decrease the pressure that sits in the brain,” AMT Director of Quality Improvement, Lauren Emanuelson said.
The EleGARD has been shown to improve the neurological recovery of cardiac arrest victims.
“What that’s going to do is it’s going to help to decrease the pressure that sits in the brain. When we keep pushing hard and pushing fast to circulate blood, you get forces exerted on the brain that creates almost a concussive effect,” Emanuelson said. “So we are going to try to relieve some of that pressure by elevating the head and utilizing an impedance threshold device to help pull blood from the head back to the heart.”
In addition to adding the device on each of its ambulances, AMT donated 16 of the devices to the Peoria, Pekin, and Streator fire departments.