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The new ambulance equipment recently upgraded at the Sumner County EMS: one of 13 ventilators (right) and one of 15 cardiac monitors (left).

Sumner County Emergency Medical Services upgraded their ambulance equipment recently.

The new equipment totaled $355,000 and included 15 cardiac monitors and 13 ventilators, Director Keith Douglas said.

Sumner County Emergency Medical Services provides 24-hour emergency and non-emergency medical transportation to its citizens.

“It was time to reinvest in more monitors,” Mike Anderson, education and training coordinator, said.

Douglas said the new equipment has better technology and will help provide the best care possible.

After testing multiple models this past spring for durability, reliability and user-friendliness, Sumner County EMS went live on Oct. 1 with the new cardiac monitors—the Philips HeartStart.

Sumner EMS bought the same ventilators that Saint Thomas Hospital uses—the Newport HT70 Ventilators.

“We’ve had good luck with them so far,” Anderson said.

They bought 15 monitors—one for each of the 13 ambulances, one for training and one for the supervisor truck. They bought 13 ventilators—just enough for each ambulance.

The cardiac monitors are completely self-contained and can communicate via wifi or cellular connections. The device has predetermined profiles and will seek out the strongest signal. The ambulances have wifi hotspots in every emergency vehicle, but in the event the device is out of wifi range it will automatically switch over to cellular for transmitting cardiac data. Having this feature, takes the guesswork out of transmitting this critical information, said Michael Cook, information technologies director.

“We are very blessed to obtain these,” Anderson said.

The new equipment was bought with budgeted money from Sumner County, Douglas said.

“We pride ourselves to provide better quality care to patents,” Anderson said.

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