Good Samaritan announced today that it has purchased state-of-the-art equipment
that will be deployed in various locations throughout the hospital. Thirty-nine
monitors were purchased to replace the existing 35 plus four additional
defibrillators that will be placed in the new Gibault Memorial Tower.
Good Samaritan believes that the ZOLL
R Series®, manufactured by ZOLL Medical Corporation, sets a new standard for CPR
support, which can help enhance Good Samaritan’s resuscitation efforts
and further its mission to improve patient care.
The R Series Monitor/Defibrillator, which is central to ZOLL’s resuscitation
platform, is designed to promote consistent, high-quality, high-perfusion
CPR and high-current defibrillation for adults and pediatrics. Its technologies include
Real CPR Help® to provide real-time feedback on compression quality,
See-Thru CPR® to help reduce pause time by filtering the CPR artifact, and EtCO2 to signal the earliest changes in patient condition.
“Not all patients in cardiac arrest require a shock, but all require
CPR,” said Karen Haak, Chief Nursing Officer. “This device allows us not only to deliver a shock if needed, but includes
tools to help improve CPR quality, which is the factor that determines
the functional outcome of sudden cardiac arrest.”
More than half of in-hospital codes involve non-shockable rhythms. The
only treatment for such rhythms is high-quality CPR, with minimal interruptions.
The unique CPR Dashboard™ on the R Series is designed to support
health care providers throughout an entire cardiac event.
“All of the information needed to perform high-quality CPR is clearly
displayed on the defibrillator screen. Real-time displays of CPR depth
and rate, as well as a compression release indicator, are easily seen,”
said Britni Roark, Critical Care Staff Nurse. “And the CPR idle
timer lets our clinicians know exactly how long the patient has been without
The R Series also performs daily-automated self-tests by checking 110 parameters
to ensure code-readiness. This automatic testing frees up clinicians to
focus on other tasks rather than equipment maintenance. Furthermore, if
there is an issue, the R Series will provide a printed or electronic log
to alert hospital personnel of any concerns in advance. A simple green
checkmark indicates that the R Series is fully ready for use.
Good Samaritan Foundation donated funds to aid in the purchase of the new
defibrillators. A total of $232,000 was given in support of buying these
top-of-the-line monitors. “The difference between the Zoll Monitors
and other defibrillators is remarkable. The easy-to-learn controls, clear
displays and prompt coaching help our employees deliver better patient
care,” stated Jennifer Pacheco, Director of Foundation. “The
benefits to our patients is amazing and we wanted to help in any way we
could to purchase these new defibrillators.”
In addition to the purchase of the 39 Zoll Monitors, Good Samaritan also
acquired five AED’s that will be placed in high-traffic areas such
as the cafeteria, new Central Billing Office building on St. Clair, Support
Services Building, Health Pavilion lobby and the Accounting Department.