Photo credit to the Biggar Independent The Biggar and District Health Services Foundation raises money to provide equipment and other needs for the Biggar and District Health Centre. The Foundation recently purchased two Zoll X Series cardiac monitors/defibrillators for Biggar EMS.
Biggar EMS has two ambulances and the equipment is stocked exactly the same in both units thanks to funding and past donations from local businesses and the community. Now, thanks to a very generous donation from the Biggar and District Health Services Foundation Biggar EMS has two new Zoll X Series cardiac monitors. These will replace the Life PAK 12 monitors currently used.
They decided to move to Zoll after trialing an X Series monitor. It was found that these monitors are smaller, lighter, meet military durability standards, and are compatible with the monitors that STARS use. With the technology that comes with the X Series monitors, staff will be able to work at their full scope of practice and provide a higher level of care to patients on scene and during transport. Capabilities like 12 lead cardiac monitoring and End Tidal CO2 monitoring will also help with detecting changes in the patient’s condition earlier and also help with transport decisions so the patient can get to definitive care earlier. They are also able to transmit the cardiac rhythms from these monitors to directly receiving facilities such as Royal University Hospital. New equipment will help attract Advanced Care Paramedics to Biggar in the future. Having these monitors will also allow them to work at their full scope of practice.
Heartland Health Region is very fortunate to have the Biggar and District Health Services Foundation supporting the purchase of these monitors/defibrillators. A little over a year ago the Foundation purchased two Zoll Auto Pulse resuscitation machines. These machines provide high quality chest compressions during CPR that humans cannot maintain efficiently for extended periods of time. The investment the Biggar and District Health Services Foundation has provided for Biggar EMS in the purchase of all of this equipment is substantial totaling $91,000 (~$32, 000 for two Auto Pulse units, ~$58,000 for two X Series monitors).
On behalf of Biggar EMS and Heartland Health Region, we would like to thank the Biggar Health Services Foundation for the support they have provided. The region greatly appreciates their help.