WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is rolling out new advanced emergency medical care equipment.
Each of the service's three ambulances has been equipped with "a stretcher hydraulic power loading system that dramatically improves safety for both patients and EMS responders," representatives said. The organization is also replacing four monitor/defibrillators with new Lifepak 15 models that provide sophisticated technology, ease of use, and durability.
“We recognize our responsibility to utilize the most advanced technology in emergency medical care," said President Martin Iselin. "Westporters expect the best and we are determined to provide it.”
The power loading system reduces the risk of injuries when lifting or lowering the stretcher into or out of the ambulance and minimizes the risk to a patient, Iselin said.
With more monitoring capability than any other monitor/defibrillator, the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service's units have technology that helps detect hard-to-diagnose conditions and provides advanced support for treating cardiac patients, representatives said. Collected data can be transmitted to the hospital while the ambulance is on its way.
“This equipment enhances our ability to do a better job when we respond to a call for help,” Iselin said. “Unfortunately, these needed improvements are beyond our current budget.
“WVEMS is not funded by our tax dollars and depends primarily on tax-deductible donations to keep Westport at the leading edge of emergency service," he said. "While we are most thankful for the response to our annual fundraising request begun last fall, if you haven’t donated this year, we’d appreciated your help in funding this extraordinary technology.”
A letter was recently sent to Westporters asking for donations. Visit the WVEMS website to donate online by credit card or mail a check payable to Westport Volunteer EMS to WVEMS, 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880.