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Polk Board to Consider Approval of Cardiac Monitoring and Defibrillator Contract

Published on May 17, 2021

A six-year, $4.5 million agreement to purchase and maintain new cardiac monitoring and defibrillator systems for emergency vehicles will be up for approval at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.

The proposed agreement with Phillips North America also includes the training of staff, repair, maintenance and warranty for the new equipment.

“We want to be able to offer the best medical care possible to our patients and this contract will allow us to do that,” Polk Fire Chief Robert Weech said. “The cardiac monitoring and defibrillator systems are a critical tool that we use every day to save lives.”

If approved, the new systems provide the most advanced technology available to provide more efficient and effective cardiopulmonary activity monitoring of patients and provide medical data to health care professionals while the patient is being cared for during emergency medical transport.

The Phillips North America agreement includes a one-time purchase amount of $3,862,965.26 and a prepaid annual maintenance and warranty amount of $642,628.