Press Release by Onni:
The holidays have come early this year for North Shore Rescue (NSR), in the form of an AutoPulse mechanical CPR device, which allows Advanced Life Support Paramedics and physician members to continue effective CPR on a patient during movement and transport.
Paramedics can continue providing high-quality CPR down stairwells, in a small elevator, and – in the more common cases of NSR – during high difficulty rescues on a long helicopter line or transporting someone out of a remote mountain area. The AutoPulse also brings a higher degree of safety to rescuers themselves, allowing them to focus on rescue instead of chest compressions in previously challenging circumstances.
“The purchase of an AutoPulse mechanical CPR device and a Z series cardiac monitor/defibrillator will bring North Shore Rescue to the forefront of backcountry medical care in Canada,” says Michael Danks, Team Leader of North Shore Search and Rescue. “We will be the only search and rescue team in the country with this capability.”
Of course, NSR notes it is willing to share, and that the life-saving device will be available to other areas in the province via their mutual aid agreement with other search and rescue (SAR) teams. “I am a firm believer that this will not only serve the people of the North Shore, but will also generate a large number of medical mutual aid calls as these are tools that will be in high demand regionally, once we are up and running,” Danks says.
The first of its kind in Canada, the AutoPulse machine will be donated to NSR by the Onni Group, a locally owned and operated development company with strong ties to the North Shore. “The Onni Group is committed to giving back to the communities in which it conducts business, and the opportunity to provide such a state-of-the-art machine to the North Shore Search and Rescue team is very exciting for us,” beams Onni’s Vice President of Sales, Nick Belmar. “The North Shore and surrounding mountains are beautiful, and great for hiking, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors – but they can also be dangerous. It’s reassuring to know that our rescue team has the most advanced equipment available to not only complete their rescues safely, but also save even more lives than they already do.”
Studies have shown that compared to manual CPR, the AutoPulse reduces interruptions in compressions during transport (and thus, increases rate of survival) by more than 85%.
A demonstration of the new AutoPulse machine will take place, Thursday October 22nd at 3pm at NSR’s Station in North Vancouver.
Morgan Davis [email protected] 604.329.0938
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 | 3pm
NSR Station – Bone Creek – Seymour Demonstration Forest
Go past Capilano University up Lillooet Rd to the gate, go through the gate – guard will open it – and continue on until you see the NSR sign on the right – turn right and you will see a parking area and our SAR Station.
More about the Onni Group:
The Onni Group is one of North America’s leading private real estate developers, with extensive experience designing, developing, building and managing innovative projects. As a fully integrated company that directly oversees every step in the development process, Onni has built over 6,000 homes in the past decade. In addition, the company owns and manages 6.5 million square feet of commercial property and over 4,600 rental apartment units. With offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Mexico, Onni continues to expand and diversify into new markets throughout North America.
More about North Shore Rescue:
North Shore Rescue is a mountain search and rescue team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings. The team provides service to the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP), RCMP and municipal police services, municipal fire services, BC Ambulance Service, other SAR teams in BC and Washington, as well as local and regional governments during civil emergencies.
More about the Auto-Pulse:
Please reference company website and video. The AutoPulse Resuscitation System provides high-quality automated CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Easy to use and battery operated, the AutoPulse squeezes the patient’s entire chest to improve blood flow to the heart and brain. The only device of its kind, the AutoPulse automatically sizes to the patient, and has shown improved outcomes in numerous clinical trials.