• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

CPR chest compression device performs as expected

Updated: Feb 2

MOUND CITY – A new chest compression device designed to help assist emergency personnel in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) received its first use last week according to American Medical Response (AMR) Supervisor Galen Anderson.


Anderson reported to the Linn County Commission on Monday, Jan. 10, that it was used by the Centerville ambulance for the first time on a patient suffering respiratory failure who stopped breathing during transport. Although the outcome for the patient was not what the crew hoped for, he said the device made a difference in how the crew was able to manage the transport.

The supervisor met up with the crew on the way to the hospital and they were able to have another set of hands once the patient coded during transport to help manage the patient’s airway while the compression device did its work.


He said that the device made a difference for the crew to feel like they had better tools, better resources, to give the patient a fighting chance.


Anderson also gave commissioners the reports for the first week of January and the month of December 2021.


Anderson said that there had been 16 transports the first week of January.


He reported that in December AMR had made 116 calls for service and completed 69 ambulance transports with an overall county response time of 12 minutes, 38 seconds.


By city, the numbers are:

  • Blue Mound, 13 calls, 5 transports

  • Centerville 1 call, 1 transport

  • Fontana 3 calls and 1 transport

  • La Cygne 33 calls, 21 transports

  • Linn Valley 4 calls, no transports

  • Mound City 19 calls, 13 transports

  • Parker 8 calls, 2 transports

  • Pleasanton 29 calls, 21 transports

  • Prescott, 5 calls and 4 transports

  • and 2 calls and 1 transport that did not fall into a particular city

The breakdown for commission districts are:

  • District 1, 40 calls, 23 transports, average response time 9 minutes 21 seconds

  • District 2, 37 calls, 26 transports, 8 minutes 18 seconds

  • District 3, 39 calls, 20 transports, 20 minutes 20 seconds


Anderson reminded the commissioners that, while the response times in District 3 seem high, in reality they are not. In District 3, the time per call is determined by the average of when the paramedic supervisor stationed at Centerville arrives and when the ambulance arrives, reported Anderson.


An example is that the paramedic arrives there in 10 minutes, and then the transport vehicle arrives in 20 minutes. The response time is averaged out to be 15 minutes even though the paramedic arrived in 10 minutes.


Anderson said that there were eight patients flown by helicopter, two fell into cardiac categories, one for significant respiratory, three for motor vehicle collisions (one was a bad ATV wreck and the other two were from a car rollover), and two overdose or poisonings that were time critical.


He also reported that the AMR staff had delivered the automated external defibrillator (AED) that Mound City had purchased to be in the public library. Anderson said that was purchased through AMR because they have significant lower costs for AEDs.

Anderson said that AMR had coordinated with HEALTHSTAR ONE out of their base in Overland Park to do a fly over at the funeral of Sgt. Stacy Murrow to honor her at the cemetery.

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