County to replace decade-old cardiac monitors

Sep 30, 2012 By Christina George, Staff Writer

The 10 new devices will be paid for with money from a grant and enterprise fund.

The Fremont County Commission approved a request from the emergency medical services to purchase 10 cardiac monitor/defibrillators.

Fremont County Ambulance director Lauri Wempen told the board the new units would replace ones that have been in use for a decade.

Wempen said her agency tried out two suppliers and decided Zoll X Series were the best monitors.

In a letter to commissioners, she cited several reasons for her decision, including Zoll being lighter and more compact. Zoll also provides continued monitoring versus printouts, and it has Blood Pressure Smart Technology.

Wempen said the annual maintenance for Zoll is $225 per unit versus $1,002 for the second option.

In all, projected costs are $258,064, with $125,000 coming from a State Land Investment Board grant and another $125,000 coming from the ambulance agency's enterprise fund.

"It will be well within in our budget," Wempen told commissioners.

She said her office would receive roughly $45,000 in cash for trade-in of the older monitors.

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