Regional Ambulance Leads In Out Of Hospital Heart Care
Regional Ambulance Service has added LUCAS to its lifesaving team. LUCAS is an automatic chest compression device that delivers continuous CPR to a cardiac arrest victim. LUCAS technology is available to other EMS providers through the RAS paramedic intercept program, and is standard to the 12 towns served by RAS.
Rutland, VT- Regional Ambulance Service, serving 12 towns in Rutland County, offers comprehensive pre-hospital heart care to persons suffering heart attack, chest pain and other cardiac related issues.
Following national guidelines developed by the American Heart Association, Regional Ambulance Service EMS providers are using state of the art equipment, early hospital notification, and ongoing continuing education to deliver optimum care to those most at risk during a cardiac related 9-1-1 emergency.
The foundation is early recognition and immediate calls to 9-1-1. After arrival, RAS staff use the Physio Control Lifepack 15 to monitor the victim’s heart, measure oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, and obtain a hospital quality 12 lead electrocardiogram that is transmitted wirelessly to a waiting emergency physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center. The Lifepack 15 can even shock the heart and act as a pacemaker for patients suffering the most serious heart related emergencies. RAS units are stocked with all the front line medications needed to manage all life threatening cardiac conditions.
For victims suffering cardiac arrest, RAS staff maintains certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, allowing the patient to receive a national standard of care immediately. This includes shocking the heart, advanced techniques for breathing for the patient, front line cardiac drugs, and induced hypothermia. Induced hypothermia is a cutting edge procedure that protects the brain during cardiac arrest by lowering body temperature and is available on every RAS unit.
Additionally, RAS is pleased to add LUCAS to our lifesaving team. LUCAS is an automatic chest compression device that delivers continuous CPR to a cardiac arrest victim. Set up takes less than 20 seconds, and allows the RAS crew to offer more care to a victim without having to perform manual chest compressions while standing in a moving ambulance. LUCAS technology is available to other EMS providers through the RAS paramedic intercept program, and is standard to the 12 towns served by RAS.
The only thing missing from our comprehensive out of hospital cardiac care program is you! RAS offers American Heart Association CPR training on the first and third Mondays of every month, starting at 6 pm at the RAS headquarters on Stratton Road.
Cost is $30 and includes textbook, training and two year certification. You can join our team of cardiac lifesavers by calling 773-1746 to register for the next available class. Over 1,500 citizens were trained at RAS last year.
Founded in 1983, Regional Ambulance Service is Vermont’s largest EMS provider, serving 12 towns in Rutland County. RAS responds to approximately 8,000 requests a year with a fleet of seven ambulances, operating from our headquarters at 275 Stratton Road in Rutland. For more information, please contact Regional Ambulance Service at 773-1746.
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