Liberty adds new EKG equipment to ambulance fleet

Liberty adds new EKG equipment to ambulance fleetRidgecrest Regional Hospital’s Liberty Ambulance is installing new Zoll EKG cardiac monitors into its fleet, and training all EMS personnel on the updated equipment.

“The monitors are state-of–the-art with enhanced diagnostics that will alert the EMTs, Paramedics or Nurses to life threatening cardiac arrhythmias,” said Erin Cocciolone, operations manager at Liberty. “The EKG will then be transmitted instantly to a cardiologist in Bakersfield via Wi-Fi / Bluetooth technology for consultation and confirmation. The EMS personnel in conjunction with the base hospital staff at RRH and the cardiologist then route the patient to the closest most appropriate hospital for immediate therapy locally or more intensive care elsewhere.”

The devices will also enable EMS personnel to simultaneously monitor the patient’s vital signs, oxygen levels, and record those levels for the patient’s medical record.

Fred Hawkins, EMS Administrator / COO Liberty Ambulance added, “The biggest difference is that we are now going to be operating on the same system as the other first responders in the county,” said Liberty chief of operations Fred Hawkins.

“It will also make treatment of critical patients more seamless in switching from their AED to our Cardiac monitor,” added Cocciolone. “Some of our new monitors are equipped with critical care capabilities invasive blood pressure and temperature monitoring. These new machines will make a huge difference for our community as our EMS personnel will be better equipped to preserve the life of our critical cardiac patients.”

Pictured: Liberty staff checks out the recently procured EKG monitors. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-08-21