SENECA – A generous $10,000 donation from PotashCorp has helped Seneca Ambulance buy two new 12-lead cardiac monitors for its two Advanced Life Support ambulances. The equipment will help increase access to higher levels of cardiac care for patients in need.
“Local emergency medical services are often the first line of defense in diagnosing and treating a heart attack; a strong partnership with local EMS is critical to achieving better patient outcomes,” Bob Startzer, PotashCorp operations manager at the Marseilles Facility, said.
“Providing this donation to our first-due responders made sense for us.”
Before the cardiac monitor upgrade, Seneca Ambulance Services had one 12-lead monitor, which served more than 780 cardiac-related responses from 2012 to July 2013.
The Phillips HeartSmart MRx defibrillators and monitors, which now are on board two of the three Seneca ambulances, are designed to improve care for heart attack patients by reducing the overall time of treatment. Because the equipment provides a comprehensive picture of an electrocardiogram, paramedics will be able to identify a heart attack, slow down a rapid heart rate, quicken a slow heart rate and convert an irregular heartbeat to a normal rhythm during many emergency conditions.
Because of budget constraints, it would have taken several years to buy and implement new monitors without the donation, said Rob Osmond, chief of EMS Operations.
“The purchase of the monitors through this donation will enhance the cardiac-related services provided to anyone who lives in, works in, or visits the Seneca area,” Osmond said.
Osmond said the new equipment allows emergency personnel to transmit information to emergency catheterization teams well in advance of a patient’s arrival at an emergency facility.
“Our goal prehospital, as well as our destination facility, is door to cardiac catheterization lab in one hour or less. All of our employees are dedicated to increasing survival and are continually seeking education for the best possible care of our patients,” Osmond said. “We sincerely appreciate PotashCorp’s support in helping us achieve our goals.”
Seneca Ambulance Service is a nonprofit emergency medical service that has been serving Seneca since 1973.
PotAshCorp is the world’s largest fertilizer company by capacity, producing the three primary crop nutrients: potash, phosphate and nitrogen. As the world’s leading potash producer, PotAshCorp is responsible for approximately 20 percent of global capacity through their Canadian operations.
Additional corporate donations from area businesses were also utilized in the purchase of this new equipment.