County commissioners last week approved the purchase of five compression units, one each for the Emergency Medical Services ambulances.
The units will be purchased from Physio-Control for $58,033.75.
EMS Administrator Charles Dillard said the machines perform automatic, continuous chest compressions on patients.
“You get a constant rhythm and a much better consistency for compressions,” he said. Plus, it’s safer while transporting patients because paramedics “don’t have to drive down the road and try to do that at the same time.”
Dillard said they have used compression units for several years, but new ones were needed.
“The old ones still worked, but they’ve changed their technology,” Dillard said. “Now you can plug these in or they run on battery power.”
He said they can also be carried into the hospital from the ambulance and used in the emergency room or cath lab.
Dillard had money in his budget for the purchase.
In other business, commissioners accepted an $800 donation on behalf of the Public Works and Parks Fund from the Alvord Cemetery Association.