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Tucson firefighters using new procedure to save heart patients

Focuses on bringing the hospital to the patient
Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 19:53:57-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Firefighters with the City of Tucson are using a new procedure they hope will save the lives of heart patients.

It focuses on bringing the hospital to the patient.

Now, instead of sending patients straight from the hospital, first responders will make sure the person is stable at the scene.

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The fire department is hoping this will help boost the survival rate.

"Every cardiac arrest that we go to is looked at by doctors," said TPD Battalion Chief Barrett Baker. "We critique ourselves because ultimately that's the whole point of being here is to save lives, and so if there are things we can do better for one person, we're going to try to do that moving forward."

Tucson Fire is already using this method in the field and seeing positive results with survival rates.