New CPR equipment first of its kind in Arkansas

New CPR equipment to save lives
(Source: KAIT)
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new piece of medical equipment will help save lives during an emergency situation.

Medic One Ambulance in Jonesboro is the first in the state to purchase the ResQCPR System.

It helps perform CPR during cardiac arrest.

On Tuesday, Medic One staff and the Jonesboro Fire Department trained with the device.

Tim Brickell, director of operations for Medic One Ambulance, said they wanted to invest in this equipment because of its proven success.

"This piece of equipment is a little more unique than doing hands-on CPR," Brickell said. "This particular piece of equipment causes a negative pressure within the chest cavity which will pull the chest, which allows more blood into the heart, therefore more blood being pumped into the brain."

Zoll Medical manufactured the ResQCPR System and said some patients experiencing cardiac arrest have woken up during the use of ResQCPR because of its help with blood flow.

Medic One purchased two ResQCPR systems at a cost of $1,200 each.

"Sounds like a lot of money for just two pieces of equipment, the rescue pod and the pump, but with 49 percent survival rate, it's well worth the money," Brickell said.

The ResQCPR pump is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for indication of improved likelihood of survival.

Brickell said they hope to purchase more in the future.

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