New York Mills fire department adds lifesaving medical device

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NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Volunteer Fire Department has added an AutoPulse Resuscitation System to its medical equipment.

The AutoPulse, from maker Zoll, is an automatic CPR machine that performs chest compressions on patients suffering from cardiac arrest, authorities said.

The AutoPulse attaches to the patient with a band around the chest and then squeezes the entire chest, pumping blood through all four chambers of the heart.

Officials said the AutoPulse is able to circulate three times the amount of blood as manual CPR. Officials said this automated system also allows for treatment in tight and confined spaces like stairwells and elevators, where there might not be room for a person to perform CPR.

“We expect the AutoPulse will enhance the quality of the emergency medical service we provide to our community,” department officials said.

The AutoPulse cost roughly $17,000, officials said.

Half of the money was raised through the department’s annual fund drive, and the other half was paid by the Village of New York Mills.

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