As part of a COVID-19 global relief effort, Medtronic and the Medtronic Foundation contributed
$1.2 million in February to support immediate response efforts and ensure the safety and well-being of frontline healthcare workers.
TVF&R applied for and received a $50,000 grant to purchase three mechanical LUCAS chest compression devices, which will help minimize responders’ risk for COVID-19 exposure or injury while attempting resuscitation efforts on a patient in cardiac arrest. These devices take the place of a responder performing high-performance chest compressions during a cardiac arrest emergency.
TVF&R’s Medical Director Dr. Mohamud Daya stated, “We are currently closely monitoring the use of these devices and surveying our line personnel who have these devices, as well as those who do not, with regard to the physical and emotional stress encountered when resuscitating patients.”
These devices were placed into service on August 18, 2020 on two advanced life support (ALS) transport ambulances in Newberg and one ALS medic unit in King City.
As part of the grant, TVF&R will initiate an EMS research project to study the use of mechanical chest compressions as it relates to the well-being of emergency responders and patients in cases where resuscitation efforts were performed.
Associate Medical Director Matthew Neth added, “These devices are essential when transporting patients who need ongoing CPR in the back of a moving ambulance since they help to ensure CPR quality and enhance crew safety.”