Frankfort Fire, EMS modify cardiac arrest procedures

Courtesy: MGN Online

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Frankfort Fire Department will soon be putting new procedures in place which they feel will increase the quality of care for cardiac arrest patients according to Fire Chief Eddie Slone.

Frankfort Fire and EMS’ new protocols include staying on the scene longer and giving quality care at the site according to Emergency Medical Services Director Steve Clark. Clark said in the past the accepted course of action was, once Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were on site, to immediately transport the patient to the hospital via ambulance.   “It’s extremely difficult to perform CPR in the back of a moving ambulance.  We just can’t give the quality of care that is needed in those situations,” Clark said.

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Dr. Walt Lubber, Frankfort Fire and EMS Medical Director, stated that studies show performing CPR in a moving vehicle is often ineffective, but early CPR involving good, quality chest compressions is a key element in the survival for cardiac arrest patients. “A second that CPR is delayed is less of a chance for that patient’s survival. We want to give each patient the best possible chance we can,” Lubber continued.

Essentially, the new protocol ensures the nationally recognized standard or care is carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible and without interruptions.

According to Chief Slone these new protocols, although new to Frankfort and essentially to the state of Kentucky, are part of an evolving standard.  “The truth is we are not going to be able to save every patient that goes into cardiac arrest, but we feel these changes will enable us to give patients the best possible chance of survival,” Slone said.

Slone continued, “Our goal is not only to increase the success rate with cardiac arrest, but also preserve their long term quality of life.  With the implementation of these new protocols coupled with the definitive care at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, especially the emergency cardiac catheterization, I think we are headed in the right directions.”