New Life-Saving Monitor-Defibrillators with Wireless Transmission Capabilities Help the Norwood Park Fire Department Battle the Major Health Crisis of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Norwood Park Fire Protection District in conjunction with the Norwood Park Township Purchases Cutting-Edge Resuscitation Technology

Norwood Park Township donates a new Monitor Defibrillator to the Norwood Park Fire Protection District as part of an Intergovernmental agreement for the benefit of the residents of the District.
The Norwood Park Fire Department announced today that in conjunction with the Norwood Park Township it has purchased 2 new ZOLL� X Series� Monitor/Defibrillators to equip both of their Ambulances, to help treat the citizens of Norridge, Harwood Heights and unincorporated Norwood Park Township. The Fire Department was ordering one unit this year and if funds were available another next year. The Norwood Park Township through an Inter governmental agreement stepped up and offered to purchase the other Unit through a grant. The new Defibrillators cost $30,000 each and will arrive in 45 days.

The X Series is half the size and half the weight of competitive full featured monitor defibrillators, but a lot more powerful thanks to its advanced capabilities. Once a person is in cardiac arrest, it’s a matter of life and death,” said Fire Chief Kevin Stenson. “The X Series lets us assess the patient’s needs as soon as possible and wirelessly transmit critical information to a receiving hospital so clinicians are prepared when the ambulance arrives. Wireless transmission allows the EMS crew and hospital staff to work as a team and start treating the patient without delay.”

The new monitors help our paramedics make better patient care decisions faster and with more accuracy because patient data is provided so quickly. The monitor takes blood pressure readings, checks the heart rhythm, and can provide an electrical shock while assisting and improving CPR quality to keep oxygen-rich blood flowing.

“The new units not only help us save lives, but make the lives of our first responders a great deal easier by having so many life-saving capabilities in one unit,” Chief Stenson added. “With this upgraded technology, we believe we are better equipped to protect the lives of our citizens whom we are honored to serve.”