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Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services put seven new cardiac monitors (Lifepak 15) into service last week. They were purchased with funds from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG).

The new cardiac monitors are replacing 14-year-old equipment and are a welcomed addition to the department. These state-of-the-art monitors have the capability of monitoring a patient’s heart rhythm, perform a 12-Lead EKG, provide electricity to certain heart rhythms (defibrillation, cardioversion and pacing similar to a patient’s internal pacemaker). Additionally, the monitors allow fire personnel to take patient temperature, monitor carbon monoxide levels in the blood, monitor oxygen saturation and take blood pressure and pulse.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber said, “I am pleased with the pace we are keeping in replacing equipment and apparatus and the continued training of our personnel as we meet the daily challenges and strive to uphold our mission to serve the community of Evanston.”