Lifesaving measures have arrived in Ozaukee County, thanks to donors like you!

Fox 6 When Minutes MatterDonors to Aurora Health Care Foundation’s When Minutes Matter campaign have helped purchase lifesaving technology that will assist 911 callers in an emergency. The technology is called Emergency Medical Dispatch, or EMD, and it’s one of five key components of the campaign which serves Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties.

“We can tell you where to locate your hands on somebody`s chest, we can tell you how fast and how far the compressions need to be applied,” said Lt. Cory McCormick with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office. Fox 6 News recently profiled the new technology in a story you can watch by CLICKING HERE.

“The American Heart Association states the national average survival rate from cardiac arrest is between 6-8%. We know that for every minute a person goes without CPR, their chance of survival decreases by 10%. In Ozaukee County, the average response time for EMS is 8-10 minutes. So our local survival rate is likely in line with the national average,” says Rick Boeshaar, the EMS and Community Educator for Aurora Health Care in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties.

KV0134a_EMS_Campaign_BusCard_Page_1The When Minutes Matter campaign is a $650,000 fundraising effort that aims to improve survival rates from cardiac arrest in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties. There are five main components: implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), supporting EMS on-scene, providing additional EMS training through computerized patient simulation, placing Automated External Defibrillators in the community and training our communities in CPR. The goal is to bring the entire community together to eliminate those critical moments that a patient goes without care while waiting for emergency responders to arrive.

An Ozaukee County dispatcher walks through the EMD software. It prompts her with questions to ask the caller in order to determine the most effective response.

An Ozaukee County dispatcher walks through the EMD software. It prompts her with questions to ask the caller in order to determine the most effective response.

Thanks to donor support, EMD was just implemented by the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Grafton Police Department in January. Nearly 90% of all 911 calls, including all cell phone calls, go through the Ozaukee County dispatch center. Prior to being trained with this software, dispatchers weren’t able to offer instructions over the phone and callers, in need of critical care, were forced to wait. EMD will enable 911 dispatchers to offer lifesaving pre-arrival instructions prior to professional help arriving.

“Some of my dispatchers are firefighters and EMT’s, so it’s a natural fit for them. They’re excited because they want to help their fellow citizens,” explains Ozaukee County
Sheriff Jim Johnson.

Tom Meaux is the Ozaukee County Administrator. He calls it a perfect partnership, “In government, we’re always challenged with trying to do more with less. So to have an organization like Aurora supporting this enhanced service, will allow us to deliver an improved, more complete service to our residents.”

300 people have already been trained to perform CPR as part of the When Minutes Matter campaign. Rick Boeshaar, the EMS and Community Educator, says the hope is that a bystander will be more confi dent and willing to assist in CPR until fi rst responders arrive

300 people have already been trained to perform CPR as part of the When Minutes Matter campaign. Rick Boeshaar, the EMS and Community Educator, says the hope is that a bystander will be more confident and willing to assist in CPR until first responders arrive.

As the Aurora Out-of-Hospital Medical Director for Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties, Dr. Steven Zils is excited to see the community-wide support for the campaign, “If a patient in cardiac arrest doesn’t have a pulse restored before they get to the hospital, they have a less than 1% chance of survival. If EMS, or even a bystander, can get a pulse on scene before they get the person to the hospital, their chance of survival is greatly
increased.”

If you would like to join the community of first responders and support the When Minutes Matter campaign, contact Sara Alger at sara.alger@aurora.org, or CLICK HERE to learn more about the campaign and make a gift.

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