Riverview FD get life saving devices from Henry Ford

Building on its partnership with community emergency responders, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital has donated life-saving medical equipment to four fire departments in the Downriver area. Riverview was one of the four.

Two state-of-the-art Lifepak 15 monitor/defibrillator devices were each delivered to Brownstown, Riverview and Wyandotte fire departments and one was delivered to the Woodhaven fire department. The portable devices provide basic and advanced life support for treating patients in cardiac distress. They also allow emergency responders to transmit a patient’s heart activity during transport to the hospital, expediting emergency cardiac intervention for when the patient arrives.

The donated devices, totaling more than $234,000, were made possible by grant funding and money raised by the hospital’s annual golf outing.

“We see and understand the tremendous importance to the community we serve that our local fire departments and emergency response personnel have the proper equipment needed,” said Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital President Jennifer Eslinger. “By placing these devices in the hands of local medical first responders, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is providing more opportunities for informed, streamlined, and clinically proven care for patients in the field.”

The emergency departments at Henry Ford Wyandotte and Henry Ford Health Center-Brownstown, part of the Henry Ford Health System, treat more than 80,000 patients a year combined.

“The value of these machines to transmit information from the field to the emergency department essentially offers time in our most critically ill patients, especially those suffering massive heart attacks,” said Satheesh Gunaga, D.O., medical director of the Emergency Department at the Brownstown health center. 

“When our EMS partners are able to transmit that 12 lead to us, we will activate our cath (cardiac catherization) lab immediately. This means members of our community are getting the emergent cardiology care they need, faster.”

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