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Boyceville ambulance awarded $60,000 Otto Bremer Foundation grant for heart monitors

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Community Ambulance Service has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to purchase two brand new heart monitors.

Matt Feeney, ambulance service director, talked about the Otto Bremer Foundation grant and other grants received this year at the Boyceville Community Ambulance District’s December 10 meeting.

The ambulance service’s old heart monitors will be replaced with two “top of the line” heart monitors, Feeney told the representatives of the ambulance district.

Ambulance crews will now have two identical monitors, one for each rig, he said.

The new heart monitors can send information to a hospital emergency room, and they are sophisticated enough to be able to take out the “artifacts” from driving over bumpy country roads, Feeney said.

Road noise can interfere with the effectiveness of heart monitors, he noted.

The new heart monitors can also tell EMTs if the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) chest compressions are deep enough, can determine pulse rate, and can determine the return flow and monitor blood gases, Feeney said.

Several ambulance district members wondered how long the new monitors could be expected to last.

Feeney said since these are top of the line monitors, he would expect them to last for ten years.

In 2010, the Boyceville ambulance service bought a refurbished heart monitor for $14,000, Feeney said.

“They’re spendy, but they’re really important … we’ll have them by the first of the year,” he said.

“We’re very fortunate to have this nice equipment,” Feeney said.

Numerous grants

Feeney told the ambulance district representatives that the Boyceville ambulance service had received numerous grants in 2014.

One of those grants was for $12,500 from the Community Foundation of Dunn County.

Along with other grants, the Boyceville ambulance service purchased two power cots, one for each ambulance, Feeney said.

The power cots cost $15,000 each, but they can save on back injuries when trying to move patients, Feeney said.

Dunn County also received a radio grant for purchasing mobile radios and will be switching to the Wiscom frequency, he said.

Feeney said he had sent in a request for eight portables and one base station.