LYNDHURST, N.J — The Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad is now better-equipped than ever to treat patients in cardiac arrest after the town's recent purchase of an automated CPR device.
The $15,000 ZOLL AutoPulse Non-Invasive Cardiac Support Pump is is 120% more effective than manual CPR because it delivers consistent CPR for up to 45 minutes, Squad Member Tarcisio Nunes said.
The consistent flow of oxygen to the brain could help prevent neurological damage that may occur after sudden cardiac arrest, he said.
"This machine performs quality CPR all the time," said Nunes, noting that Lyndhurst and Bogota are the only towns in Bergen County that currently possess an AutoPulse pump.
"We don't have to worry about somebody giving CPR getting tired or anything like that," he said.
Nunes says the AutoPulse can also be used on a patient while he or she is being transported to an ambulance. One of its most important features it that it frees up EMTs to conduct other essential duties during an emergency call.
The device is already paying dividends: Nunes said it's been deployed eight different times, and recently saved someone from death.
"It's incredible," Nunes said. "Even if I save only one life with the machine it was worth the money spent."
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.