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James City to demonstrate new cardiac resuscitation system


Date: September 13, 2004


Contact: Joe Davis, JCC District Fire Chief


Phone: (757) 565-7604




The James City County Fire Department will demonstrate its new cardiac resuscitation tool that will be used by firefighters and emergency rescue personnel providing emergency medical services. The public is invited to watch fire officials demonstrate the AutoPulseTM Resuscitation System at 10 a.m. Friday, September 17, at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road.


James City County is one of a little more than 50 EMS services and hospitals nationwide that have purchased the device, which was launched in late 2003. It is the first locality in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area to deploy this state-of-the-art technology, which will be used in each of the County's five fire stations.


"This is part of a continuing County effort to increase the survival rate among citizens," said Deputy Fire Chief Tal Luton. "The AutoPulse is an incredible machine that has a very high effectiveness rating and is very portable and easy to use."


The AutoPulseTM is a portable, battery-operated system that provides automated chest compressions during the administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The CPR device is attached to a small vest, which is slipped on the patient and exerts consistent chest compressions to improve coronary and cerebral blood flow during cardiac arrest.


James City County also has installed Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that are readily available for use in many County offices.


Sudden cardiac death is a major health problem, causing about 340,000 deaths each year among U.S. adults before reaching a hospital or emergency room, according to the American Heart Association. The heart association cites early access to the emergency medical system (call 9-1-1 immediately), early CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) when needed, early defibrillation when indicated and early advanced cardiac care as factors that increase the rate of survival in sudden cardiac arrest. The abrupt loss of heart function or sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of unexpected death in the world.



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