The holidays have come early this year for North Shore Search and Rescue (NSR), in the form of an AutoPulse mechanical CPR device, which allows Advanced Life Support Paramedics and physician members to continue effective CPR on a patient during movement and transport.
Paramedics can continue providing high-quality CPR down stairwells, in a small elevator, and – in the more common cases of NSR – during high difficulty rescues on a long helicopter line or transporting someone out of a remote mountain area. The AutoPulse also brings a higher degree of safety to rescuers themselves, allowing them to focus on rescue instead of chest compressions in previously challenging circumstances.
“The purchase of an AutoPulse mechanical CPR device and a Z series cardiac monitor/defibrillator will bring North Shore Rescue to the forefront of backcountry medical care in Canada,” says Michael Danks, Team Leader of North Shore Search and Rescue. “We will be the only search and rescue team in the country with this capability.”
Of course, NSR notes it is willing to share, and that the life-saving device will be available to other areas in the province via their mutual aid agreement with other search and rescue (SAR) teams. “I am a firm believer that this will not only serve the people of the North Shore, but will also generate a large number of medical mutual aid calls as these are tools that will be in high demand regionally, once we are up and running,” Danks says.
The first of its kind in Canada, the AutoPulse machine will be donated to NSR by the Onni Group, a locally owned and operated development company with strong ties to the North Shore. “The Onni Group is committed to giving back to the communities in which it conducts business, and the opportunity to provide such a state-of-the-art machine to the North Shore Search and Rescue team is very exciting for us,” beams Onni’s Vice President of Sales, Nick Belmar. “The North Shore and surrounding mountains are beautiful, and great for hiking, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors – but they can also be dangerous. It’s reassuring to know that our rescue team has the most advanced equipment available to not only complete their rescues safely, but also save even more lives than they already do.”
Studies have shown that compared to manual CPR, the AutoPulse reduces interruptions in compressions during transport (and thus, increases rate of survival) by more than 85%.