TVF&R unveils new cardiac defibrillators
In early October, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue revamped a key piece of technology used by first responders in the field.
TVF&R sent out 60 new cardiac monitor-defibrillators, produced by LIFEPAK, to replace the ones that had reached the end of their use.
"Cardiac monitor-defibrillators are an essential tool used by our firefighter paramedics and single-role paramedics to evaluate, treat and manage cardiac emergencies in the field," a release from TVF&R said. "In 2019, TVF&R's Emergency Medical Services Division was notified by manufacturer of the prior cardiac monitor-defibrillator device that their device would no longer be supported after 2021 for maintenance and repair. At that time, these devices had been in-service since 2006."
Along with a group of 15 other fire and EMS agencies, TVF&R conducted a "monitor workgroup" to decide how it would replace aging defibrillators. The decision ultimately came down to work conducted by EMS and training divisions of these agencies, which ended up making the recommendation to TVF&R and other agencies to choose the LIFEPAK monitors.
"Eventually, the selection committee pared the field down to three manufacturers, allowing crews to interact more closely with each monitor-defibrillator as they would in actual clinical settings while treating patients in the field," the release explained. "Crews provided feedback on nine features including ergonomics, user interface and overall functionality. The EMS Division staff also assessed the manufacturers for data storage, retrieval and transmission, warranty options and customer support."
These monitor-defibrillators are used on nearly every patient that TVF&R paramedic personnel encounter in the field. They do cardiac monitoring and can also evaluate advanced 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) with information that can be transmitted directly to local emergency departments. They can also monitor other vital signs and provide electric shocks to cardiac arrest patients, which can be lifesaving.
The replacement was funded out of TVF&R's EMS equipment budget and was budgeted for fiscal year 2021.
"The LIFEPAK 15 is a robust and clinically proven monitor-defibrillator that brings several new features and functionality that will help TVFR's line personnel provide the best care possible in the field," TVF&R medical director Dr. Mohamud Daya said.
TVF&R serves most of Washington County and parts of Clackamas, Yamhill and Multnomah counties. Its headquarters are in Tigard.
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