New EKG equipment can improve care
A Ross County health care provider received new federal resources for live-saving emergency equipment. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that Adena Health System in Ross County will receive a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase new cardiac equipment, including EKGs and defibrillators.
According to USDA Rural Development, the $143,244 loan will be used to purchase 12 Lead EKGs and 8 LIFEPACK 15 Monitors/Defibrillators for an EMS Telemetry project. This new equipment will allow Emergency Medical Technicians to record an EKG in the patient’s home, view information on-site, and electronically transmit it to the closet emergency health care provider.
Emergency response times in rural areas are significantly higher than state and national averages-and heart disease and heart attack mortality rates are much higher in Ross County than state and national rates. The equipment will be used to improve both delivery and quality of care for cardiac patients in south-central Ohio.