New SCAT Equipment To Save Lives In Sheldon Area

Date posted - March 16, 2012

The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team — known in Sheldon as SCAT — has been training on some new equipment that will be used to save lives in the Sheldon area.

Known as the Zoll Auto Pulse, the new life-saving piece of equipment provides automatic chest compressions to a person who requires CPR, according to Cindy Freeman with SCAT.

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She explains how it’s more efficient.

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Freeman also says sometimes with the ambulance moving, it’s not very safe for the EMT if he or she is doing chest compressions, and this would eliminate that concern.

She says it will also continue with chest compressions when a human could not.

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She says the money for the purchase is coming from SCAT fundraising. That means some of the money from this year’s chicken supper will go toward the purchase. Plus, she said some of the funding is coming from the city.

Freeman says as far as she knows, SCAT is the only ambulance service in O’Brien county that has the equipment.

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