BY CALEB ALEXANDER
Faced with a deadline by which a piece of equipment currently in use can no longer remain in service, the New Baden Village Board of Trustees have approved the purchase of a new heart monitor/defibrillator at a cost of in excess of $30,000.
To be used by the New Baden Paramedic Ambulance Service, this item is being acquired from Zoll Medical Corporation (which is a division of Asahi Kasei Group Company, a multinational corporation based in Japan), according to Village Administrator Erika Kennett.
Kennett said the ambulance service currently had been using a piece of equipment which will no longer be covered by any kind of warranty in compliance with federal Food and Drug Administration regulations so this new one has to be received and put into service in February.
Costing exactly $30,917.98, this heart monitor/defibrillator unit was recommended for purchase by Allen Gilbert, director of the ambulance service, who Kennett said got quotes and determined it would best suit the needs of the service.
This was not a surprise or unexpected expense, Kennett said, so it was included in the budget for the current fiscal year in anticipation of the need to purchase it.
Zoll Medical Corporation develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. Also offering products for assisting with circulation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation feedback, data management, therapeutic temperature management and ventilation. With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries.