From: Sean Lathrop
Wabasha Ambulance Director
The Wabasha Ambulance service has lead a fundraising campaign for the past 14 months. The goal of this campaign was to purchase critical lifesaving equipment to be used for patients in cardiac arrest, which is when someone’s heart stops. When I arrived in Wabasha I knew of this valuable equipment being available but also knew that it came at an expense of nearly $40,000.
The ambulance service launched the fundraising campaign in January of 2013 with a goal of raising the $40,000 needed to purchase the equipment. This equipment consisted of a LUCAS 2 Automated CPR device that provides perfect chest compressions to a person in cardiac arrest. This device frees up the EMT to work on other lifesaving tasks. The LUCAS 2 has been proven across the country to help increase the chance of survival in people suffering from cardiac arrest.
The other piece of equipment we were seeking was the EZ I/O device. This device is a drill that inserts a needle into the leg of an unconscious individual. This intraosseous infusion device allows fluid resuscitation to begin quick and rapid delivery essential volume into a person’s body. This also allows the hospital to have access for critical lifesaving medication upon our arrival at the emergency room.
As you can imagine, raising $40,000 seemed to be quite a large task, especially in a community of our size. Much to my surprise, as of July 22, 2014, we had raised the necessary funding to purchase all of this equipment. We purchased a LUCAS 2 CPR device and an EZ I/O drill for each of our ambulances. I have no doubt this equipment will save lives.
This could not have been accomplished without some major support from our community. Each dollar that was raised went directly towards the purchase of these devices. Whether it was $1 or $10,000, it all helped us reach our goal.
We had GREAT success in our fundraising drive. We are very proud of and grateful for the support we received from the community to enable us to purchase this vital equipment. This equipment allows us to continue to deliver superb care each and every day…and night!
Thank you all for your support — we couldn’t have done it without you!