Ambulance gets defibrillator

A Health Services Authority
ambulance has a new defibrillator thanks to a donation from the Lions Club of
Tropical Gardens.

The club has presented the
authority with a cheque to buy a LifePak 15 defibrillator/monitor.

Receiving the cheque for the
much-needed equipment, Greg Hoeksema, medical director of the authority, said:
“Great healthcare is a team effort delivered by a multidisciplinary group of
highly skilled professionals, in collaboration with many partners.”

He added: “The donation of the
LifePak machine provides a critical link to life-saving care between the field
and the hospital that will benefit the people of the Cayman Islands every day.”

Heather Wisdom, the Health Services
Authority procurement officer, said: “Seconds count in an emergency… In those
critical moments, it is always comforting to know that the right equipment and
healthcare personnel are available to provide lifesaving emergency care. The
donation of the LifePak 15 defibrillator/monitor provides that critical support
and reassurance to our staff and patients during an emergency that the necessary
equipment is available on our ambulance and in our facilities to provide the
care required,” she said.

Lion president Melrose Gooding said
it warmed the hearts of the members of the club to be able to donate the
LifePak machine to the HSA knowing that this valuable piece of equipment can be
instrumental in saving lives in the community.