WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers in Walker County now have a new heart monitoring tool at their disposal.
The Regional Paramedical Services (RPS) has 40 new Zoll X-Series heart monitors. They monitor heart rates to paramedics in real time as they perform CPR.
The new monitors also transmit the patient’s heart issues to the hospital with only a 10-second delay.
With that data, the hospital can prepare to treat the issues before the patient even arrives.
RPS makes about 200 calls a day, and 20 percent of the cases are typically cardiac related.
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