Submitted by Lopez Island Fire and EMS
The Catherine Washburn Medical Association has donated $30,000 to Lopez Island Emergency Medical Services in a generous show of support for emergency medical teams on Lopez. This sizeable donation supports the purchase of one of three new heart monitor-defibrillator units, known as a “LIFEPAK 15.”
“We are thrilled to provide support to our great teams of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics here on Lopez Island. As community healthcare partners, we recognize the need to collaborate on initiatives aimed at improving healthcare outcomes for patients on Lopez” said CWMA Board President Diana Hancock.
The LIFEPAK 15 heart monitor-defibrillator gives volunteer EMT’s and career Paramedics the capability to assess a patient’s heart rhythm, provide electrical shocks for cardiac arrest; and monitor key vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse rate, blood oxygen and carbon monoxide levels.
“The LIFEPAK 15 is a critical piece of equipment for the volunteer EMT’s and career Paramedics here on Lopez Island. This generous donation helps us replace our aging cache of LIFEPAK 12 units, which the manufacturer will no longer support after the year 2020,” stated Lopez Fire and EMS Chief, J. M. Havner.