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Value of modern medical device seen first hand on Tama ambulance

November 10, 2017
By John Speer - Editor (, , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"It was a Godsend," John Lloyd, Tama Public Works Director, said. He told Tama City Council members at their regular meeting Monday night, Nov. 7, he believed fellow ambulance crew members Duane Backen and Kelly Pansegrau would tell the city council just that.

Lloyd's praise came for a Lucas Device, a chest compression system which requires only one attendant to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for an entire trip to an emergency room. This frees up other EMTs to take care of additional medical needs.

The council had approved buying the unit to equip the second ambulance in September.

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One of the Lucas devices aboard a Tama Ambulance. Tama Ambulance?Service Paramedic Don Weitzell and other ambulance crew members told the Tama City Council in September of the value of the devices as one person will quickly tire out performing CPR thereby requiring additional medical personnel to take over.
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Lloyd was the driver when a second Tama Ambulance Service call was received the morning of Nov. 6 at the time paramedic Don Weitzell and a crew was on another call with the first unit.

Their patient was transported from a location west of Tama to UnityPoint Health, Marshalltown.

On Monday night the council approved a four-year maintenance contract for the Lucas equipment at a total cost of $6,472.

The Lucas devices cost $11,000 each. Tama acquired the first through an Emergency Management grant and used ambulance funds to purchase the second unit.



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