West Covina Fire Department Implements New Technology to Save Lives

Juliette Funes, Pasadena Star News

WEST COVINA - The West Covina Fire Department has launched a pilot program that uses new technology to improve the survival rates of patients in cardiac arrest.

The Fire Department is partnering with UCLA, UC San Diego and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to conduct an Advanced Resuscitation Training pilot program for its 26 firefighter/paramedics and first-responders.

The program integrates the use of See-Thru CPR technology with a Zoll cardiac monitor, which reduces the need to stop compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation and increases survival rates by showing the heart rhythm on the machine's screen.

It is the only department in the county conducting the program, which began last month.

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