REAGAN COUNTY, TX (KWES) - The Reagan County Fire Department is saving lives with some new state of the art equipment. When they're called out an hour and a half away, their new CPR tool makes all the difference.
"We're in a rural area where definitive care is at least an hour away in any direction we go. I might be looking at an hour transport," said Mason Matthews, Reagan County Fire Department Paramedic.
The Reagan County Fire Department says extensive transport time is exactly why the state of the art equipment was needed.
"I can have a 12 lead run, sent, and the hospital received, read and call the cardiologist before I even leave the scene," said Matthews.
With the backing from county commissioners, they now have whats called a 12 Lead EKG. It allows the paramedics to get a better look at the patients heart, and most importantly, it gives doctors a huge head start on assessing the patient.
"The fact that we can be able to do that on scene and send that to our receiving hospital before we ever get there and get the process going at the hospital is paramount. Paramount for the patient and it's just going to provide for a better outcome for the patient," said Matthews.