New monitor/defibrillator for Sturgis ambulance

A new monitor/defibrillator is on its way to the Sturgis ambulance network next year.

City commission members last week approved $40,000 for the purchase of a Lifepak 15v4 monitor/defibrillator from Stryker Corp.

Sturgis Department of Public Safety Director Ryan Banaszak said the fire division was in need of another cardiac monitor for its third ambulance. Since adding the spare/transfer ambulance to the fleet, staff had been using a cardiac monitor on loan from the fifth district medical response coalition in Kalamazoo.

The cardiac monitor/defibrillator is a required piece of equipment per state EMS guidelines to operate at the advanced life support level.

It is expected to arrive next summer.

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