Godfrey Fire Department uses groundbreaking technology to save lives

The device uses a suction cup and new mask to help improve blood-flow during CPR.

The Godfrey Fire Department first introduced us to the Res-Q CPR System back in May, and three months later it made a difference.

During a brief demonstration Wednesday, Godfrey firefighters showed off a life saving CPR tool they've been training on for most of the summer.

"It increases the survivability of cardiac arrest if we get there within a 10-minute time period," said, Godfrey Fire Captain Jake Ringering. 

In early August, the Res-Q system was put to the test when they responded to a 54-year-old Godfrey man who'd gone into cardiac arrest.

"Shocked the victim and he began breathing and had a pulse after the second shock," Ringering said.

Eight days later, the survivor is back at work.

"You don't have a lot of calls where people are not breathing and you can actually bring them back, it doesn't happen very often," said Godfrey Firefighter John Farmer.

First Responders say the groundbreaking technology actually requires less work.

The recommendation for traditional CPR is up to 120 compressions per minute. But Godfrey fire fighters tell me this device only requires 80 compressions per minute, which makes it more efficient.

 The Res-Q system includes a suction pump used to pull up on the patient's chest.  It's paired with an oxygen pod to help the patient breathe.  when used together, it improves the blood flow to the brain.

"The quicker we get oxiginated blood to the brain and we get better perfusion to the brain the better the outcome," Ringering said.

The Godfrey Fire Department is the first in Illinois to implement the devices.

"With all the bad stuff going around right now, it makes you fee good to do something good," Farmer said.

The Res-Q CPR device costs around $1,300. Godfrey firefighters say they've already demonstrated the system for a fire department in a neighboring county.


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