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Statewide grant to provide CPR machines

FARGO – Emergency medical staff across the state will soon be able to lend patients a hand more easily, with the help of a statewide grant.

North Dakota’s Department of Health was recently awarded a roughly $3 million grant that will pay for one or more automated Lucas CPR machines for every ambulance service and hospital in the state, the Health Department said Friday.

The machines automatically provide a pumping motion on the chest of a patient who needs resuscitation, freeing up the hands of emergency responders.

The state will receive 212 of the devices, thanks to a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, said Tom Nehring, director of the Health Department’s emergency medical services and trauma division.

Martin said administering CPR is challenging, and even trained medical personnel can make mistakes or not do it as effectively as these new machines.

Unlike automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, which have become common in many public areas, these CPR machines will be maintained by medical staff only, Martin said. The CPR machines typically cost between $15,000 and $18,000, he said.

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