Lawrence EMS to get CPR machines

September 22, 2018

IRONTON — The Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services district will put two Lucas 3.1 CPR machines on ambulances by Oct. 1, Jeff Gaskin, an EMS official, told the Lawrence County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Gaskin applied for a grant for the mechanica l CPR machines to the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. The county received a $30,497 grant for two of the machines.

It’s hard for EMS employees to do CPR in the back of a careening ambulance taking patients to local hospitals, Gaskin said.

“It does the perfect CPR,” he said of the machines. “It provides 60 percent more blood flow than with manual CPR.”

The mechanical CPR machines will be assigned to ambulances in Ironton and Chesapeake, Gaskin said. The ambulance district handled about 110 cardiac arrests last year, he said. Ambulance districts in Boyd and Carter counties in Kentucky have similar machines, he said.

Ambulance crews will undergo training through the end of the year, he said.

“I would like to have three or four more of these,” Gaskin said.

He plans to apply for grants for more mechanical CPR machines.

In other action, the board named NECCO, a foster care agency, as Lawrence County’s business of the month. The company started in business about 21 years ago and now has programs in four states, according to a company official.

The company has about 600 employees, including 300 in Lawrence County, making it one of the largest employers in the county, according to County Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr.

NECCO has 54 foster homes, including 30 in Lawrence County.

Rich Blankenship, deputy director of the Lawrence County Department of Job and Family Services, said the county currently has 67 children in its custody.

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