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ND State Hospital & Ambulance Services get Automated CPR Devices

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The North Dakota Department of Health has been awarded a grant for more than three million dollars to improve emergency health care throughout the state.

On Friday morning, the grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for Improved Cardiac Care was announced. The money will be used to purchase a Lucas device, which is an automated CPR device.

With the money, the North Dakota Department of Health is able to buy 212 of the automated CPR devises, and they will be distributed to every ambulance service and hospital in the state of North Dakota.

Tom Nehring, who is the Director of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma with the Health Department, says mechanical CPR is proven to be much more effective than manual CPR. The automated devices will also decreases stress of first responders in an emergency situation.

"Many success stories, we're seeing the statistics as far as survivors increased dramatically in areas that have a cardiac care system with this [Lucas Device] being one component," Nehring explains. 

The devices were first on the state health department's radar about six months ago, but the equipment is expensive and they weren't able to purchase them until this grant was give.  Nehring says many volunteer ambulance services in the state wouldn't be able to afford the automated CPR devices without this grant.

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