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Capt. Jake Ringering and firefighter Chris Dennison use the new ZOLL ResQCPR system in a training session Monday.
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Godfrey Fire Protection District Chief Erik Kambarian stands with Capt. Jake Ringering and Assistant Chief Eric Cranmer on Monday to display the new system, which increases the survival rate by 49 percent.
GODFREY — Godfrey Fire Protection District Chief Erik Kambarian said his department is waging war on cardiac arrest for fire district residents.
Recently acquiring a new CPR device, Kambarian said the three to five cardiac arrest patients he sees every month will now have a 49 percent greater chance to not just survive, but to thrive following a cardiac emergency.
“Our primary mission is to save lives,” Kambarian said. “When I saw the ZOLL ResQCPR System was clinically proven to increase to a one-year normal survival rate following a cardiac arrest by 49 percent, it was a no-brainer. We just had to figure out how to fund it.”
“I read clinical data and compared it to other available devices,” he said. “This was the only FDA (Federal Drug Administration)-approved device proven to improve survival at that level. With manual CPR, we’ve been taught to push or compress the chest and let it go. We had to rely on Mother Nature and the body to recoil the chest. We’ve learned the body doesn’t always recoil as it should. This device pulls the chest back out, drawing blood back into the heart and increasing blood flow from 25 to 40 percent to 70 percent. That’s almost normal blood flow reaching the brain. That’s the key.”
ZOLL clinical educator and paramedic Mark Thurow knows first-hand having his own experience in the emergency medical field that time is of the essence and blood flow to the brain is the ultimate goal during CPR.
“The ResQCPR system was actually designed after chest compressions were administered by a family in their home with a plunger in a tight space,” Thurow said. “When paramedics arrived, the patient had a pulse and measurable blood pressure. When the same patient suffered a second cardiac arrest more than a year later, the family struggled with traditional CPR and remembered they used a plunger the previous occasion. After using the plunger again, the patient was revived. Twice is not a fluke.”
The system is used by an emergency medical technician during a cardiac arrest. As the chest is compressed with the device, suction pulls the chest back into a normal position, ultimately helping the heart refill with blood to be pushed throughout the body with the next compression. With more blood filling in the heart, more blood circulates through the brain, keeping it in better condition if the patient survives the attack.
“It seems as though this apparatus is going to be very effective,” Godfrey firefighter Chris Dennison said. “With manual CPR, a compression rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute is needed. With the ResQCPR system, only about 80 compressions are needed in a minute because so much more blood flow is circulating in the body. In my opinion, it seems like it’s going to work well to help us help the residents of Godfrey.”
The district has three devices in its arsenal and wants to buy three more. Any individuals or businesses interested in making a donation can contact Kambarian at Station One, 6011 Godfrey Road, or (618) 466-0131.