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Winsted OKs purchase of new chest compression device
July 5, 2019

Ivan Raconteur

WINSTED, MN – Winsted City Council, during its meeting July 2, approved the purchase of a new chest compression device for the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department at a cost not to exceed $17,209.

The units are used to generate consistent and uninterrupted blood flow during cardiac arrest.

During the council work session prior to the regular meeting, fire department member Samantha Condon and 1st Assistant Chief Jon Davidson presented a comparison of devices offered by two major manufacturers.

The department currently has an AutoPulse system from ZOLL Medical Corp. that is no longer operable. It was purchased in 2008, with a life expectancy of seven to 10 years.

They also presented information about a LUCAS system sold by Physio-Control Inc.

Davidson and Condon outlined the criteria they considered when comparing the two options.

They recommended the LUCAS system based, among other things, on ease of use, performance, location of controls, and the fact the unit can be plugged in if needed (both units are battery operated).

The net cost of the LUCAS system was also lower.

Davidson noted that he has been on the department since before it had a chest compression device.

He said studies have shown that mechanical compressions are more effective than manual CPR. They had not saved anyone by CPR prior to getting a mechanical compression device, and since having using a device, the department has been able to successfully save people.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• authorized City Administrator Adam Birkholz to release a request for proposals (RFP) for the sale and remediation of blight at the former Winsted Farmers Elevator property at 121 Baker Ave. E.

• approved the purchase of an uninterruptible power supply battery backup system for city hall from Computer Integration Technologies, to be installed by CR Electric at a total cost not to exceed $8,400.

• heard from Birkholz that the nomination period for Winsted Pride Awards is open. Nomination forms are available at city hall or on the city website. Forms are due by Wednesday, July 10.

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