Emergency Teams Receive New Technology from VBEMS to Help Save Lives - Bronson Healthcare

Published on July 29, 2014

Emergency Teams Receive New Technology from VBEMS to Help Save Lives

PAW PAW, Mich. – Nine medical first responders and ambulance crews in Van Buren County now have mobile chest compression technology to help treat patients in cardiac arrest. Van Buren Emergency Medical Services (VBEMS) presented the devices to the first responder teams on July 29. The teams are among the first in the area to carry chest compression technology in their emergency vehicles.

Nine medical first responders and ambulance crews in Van Buren County now have mobile chest compression technology to help treat patients in cardiac arrest. The devices provide the opportunity for better outcomes for patients by enhancing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The LUCAS 2 technology enables hands free compressions, provides consistent rate of compressions, and reduces rescuer fatigue.

Dennis Reynolds, operations director for VBEMS, says the equipment will provide people in eight rural townships the reassurance that leading-edge technology is available should they need it in an emergency. "To use the chest compression unit at the scene of a cardiac arrest and while the patient is being transported, allows us to put the patient in a better position for recovery after arriving at the hospital emergency department," says Reynolds. The compression units were funded through Van Buren County’s Ambulance Service Millage.

About Van Buren Emergency Medical Services

VBEMS is a not-for-profit ambulance company that has been serving Van Buren County since 1987. It is owned and operated by Bronson Healthcare based in Kalamazoo, which also owns Bronson LakeView Hospital in Paw Paw and Bronson Commons in Mattawan. Van Buren County contracts with VBEMS to provide emergency medical response services in the townships of Almena, Antwerp, Arlington, Decatur, Hamilton, Lawrence, Paw Paw, Porter and Waverly. Services include: 911 emergency medical service; advanced cardiac and trauma transports; critical care and long distance transfers; and non-emergency and wheelchair transports.