LINCOLN – Thanks to a partnership every Nebraska State Patrol vehicle will soon be equipped with enhanced life-saving capabilities.
According to a release from NSP, the effort is part of a $6.4 million grant to equip law enforcement agencies with the next generation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). NSP will receive 457 AEDs to be placed in both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles throughout the state.
Joining NSP in their partnership includes the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as well as Nebraska Game and Parks.
Seconds count during a cardiac arrest and NSP officials know in Nebraska first responders often have great distances to cover. This funding will ensure those who get to the scene before EMS arrives give patients a better shot at survival.
Studies conducted by the American Heart Association demonstrate a dramatically higher survival rate for cardiac patients shocked by law enforcement, who are generally first on the scene, especially in rural areas. The AEDs feature technology conducive to the highly mobile and challenging environment of a patrol vehicle. The AEDs will help ensure that troopers are able to produce the fastest first shock when defibrillation is needed.
Using Wi-Fi connectivity, these self-monitoring devices can send near real-time event data, including a patient’s heart rhythm and delivered shocks, to incoming emergency services or receiving hospitals, thus allowing for post-event evaluation to improve care delivery.
The first group of troopers and investigators are undergoing training on the new AEDs, which is being conducted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Those troopers will then provide training to NSP personnel throughout the state.
To date, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has invested more than $500 million to improve access to quality healthcare in rural America, $72 million of that in Nebraska.