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Polk County Fire Rescue Acquires New Portable Ventilators

Published on Oct 8, 2020

Bartow, Fla. (October 8, 2020) – Polk County Fire Rescue has equipped all 43 of its medical rescue units with new Z Vent ™ portable ventilators that will help save lives not only during the coronavirus pandemic, but for many years to come.

The use of ventilators in healthcare has received more attention lately as they are important in keeping patients alive while they fight an infection, such as COVID-19, or from impairment caused by injuries.

“Pre-hospital care of critically ill patients often requires airway management,” said Polk County Fire Rescue Medical Director Dr. Paul Banerjee. “Using a mechanical ventilator frees up our advanced care medics so that they can perform other necessary patient care activities.”

Another benefit from using the Z-Ventilator is that it improves cardiac arrest outcomes for both pediatric and adult cardiac arrest patients.

Training with Polk County Fire Rescue crews on the proper operation and benefits of the Z Vents will take place throughout the month of October.