The Ambulance Fund budget for the new fiscal year includes $127,000 for the purchase of two cardiac/defibrillator unit upgrades and the addition of six chest compression systems. But Director of Emergency Medical Services Matthew Cassavechia says the city can save $12,000 using the outright purchase option.
The chest compression system is a new device to the EMS system and meets new cardiac arrest guidelines, which involve only chest compressions.
The EMS system treated and resuscitated 60 patients last year that were in non-traumatic cardiac arrest. The deadline for the deal to save thousands of dollars ends next week and the City Council has given the go ahead.