BREEZY POINT — Breezy Point Police Department recently received a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium (MRC) which was combined with a $5,500 grant from St. Joseph’s Foundation and $1,000 from Pelican Township residents to purchase an automated CPR device.
The MRC aims to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest by connecting bystander, pre-hospital and hospital initiatives to establish and implement a set of protocols that incorporate the latest technologies and proven treatment methods.
The consortium is part of the HeartRescue Project. Initiated in 2010 by the Medtronic Foundation, the HeartRescue Project assembles the country’s leading emergency and resuscitation experts to expand successful city and county cardiac arrest response programs to statewide levels. A primary objective of the program is to develop an integrated community response to cardiac arrest, ensuring everyone is prepared to respond by calling 911, starting chest compressions immediately and using an automated external defibrillator (AED).
The Breezy Point Police Department in partnership with North Memorial Ambulance Service offers a program where two police officers are certified paramedics. These officers already carry a complement of drugs and equipment only available in an emergency room or Advanced Life Support ambulance.
Breezy Point Chief Kevin Merschman advises these grants will add a Lucas 2 automated CPR device which utilizes a rechargeable battery and performs the compressions portion of CPR. Compressions will be done consistently without tiring and frees the police paramedic to initiate advanced airways and IV procedures before additional assistance arrives on scene.
Demetris Yannopoulos, medical director for the MRC, said in an email release, “Cardiac arrest care is a constantly changing process. There is new research and tools that can be utilized to improve outcomes. The work being done by our grant recipients will help to identify survival rates, best practices and new ideas that can help communities that are working to improve their level of care.”