Ambulance Authority receives new equipment

HAZARD — The Perry County Ambulance Authority now has two new Lifepak 12 EKG heart monitors thanks to a federal grant. The Lifepak 12 EKG is a defibrillator and monitor, which provides critical diagnostic aid and can also identify a variety of heart problems, including rhythm abnormalities and cardiac injuries. These machines are a life saving addition to Perry County’s EMS services.

According to Jason Taylor, the Ambulance Authority director, these monitors will save a lot of time, not only for EMS, but also the hospital, and time is vital in the treatment of heart attack victims.

“These machines are top of the line,” Taylor said, “They can get 12 different views of the heart, and we will be able to relay all the images and information directly to the hospital as soon as the patient arrives.”

With federal grant money dwindling over the past several years, Taylor feels it is important now more than ever to, not only secure grant money, but to also make sure the money is spent in the wisest way possible. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. The addition of two new defibrillators will help healthcare professionals in Perry County with their effort to decrease the number of deaths related to heart disease for years to come.

Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 and on Twitter @HazardHerald.

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