Holland hospital gets new CPR compression chamber
Updated: Saturday, March 30 2013, 01:09 PM EDT
HOLLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's Holland's newest tool when it comes to saving lives.
Just last week, Holland Hospital received a new compression chamber.
It's a tool that performs chest compressions with the help of a machine to take stress off paramedics and emergency responders.
Those in the field say the chamber helps keep steady rhythm and force when a patient goes into cardiac arrest when, despite best efforts, the human body can naturally tire itself out.
"Compressions are more heightened now, and two machines can do it longer and better than human beings in most cases," said Holland triage unit technician Steve Stegeman.
EMT's have been using the chambers in the field for decades.
The compression chamber was purchased with the help of an employee fundraiser at Holland Hospital.
Luckily, it has not yet been used.