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Written by Nancy Bowman   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Mark Senseman admits that the Tipp City Emergency Medical Service’s newest team member is rather odd looking, and makes noise.
The Lucas 2 cardiac compression machine, though, has shown its worth in helping to save lives.
The local EMS team is introducing the community to the machine, which takes the place of a person doing the cardiac compressions element of CPR.
“You still have to have someone to manage the airway, people to start IVs and to administer drugs,” Senseman, EMS chief, said.
The cardiac compression machine was bought for around $11,000 using money from the city’s capital improvements program.
EMS staff trained on the Lucas 2 and a second compression machine available before settling on the Lucas 2, Senseman said.
“The reason for it is that medical science is telling us that we have to have very consistent compressions. On an adult, we need that two inches every time, all of the time,” he said.
The standard calls for 100 of the two-inch compressions each minute.
“One of the things studies have shown is people get distracted and the rate drops below 100, or they go too fast. You get tired and you can’t get the two inches of depth or anytime you move the person it is very, very difficult, so some of your compressions are not effective,’ Senseman said.
If there is interruption and there is more than 10 seconds of ineffective compressions, it is like starting over, he explained, adding, it then takes two minutes to get the patient back to the level before the interruption. An interruption could come from moving the patient into an ambulance or continuing the compressions during the ambulance ride down the road.
The battery-powered machine can be assembled quickly by crews, placed on the patient and started. It is programmed to figure out how much force is needed to get the two inches of depth in chest compressions, and gets to work.
The machine is similar to an automated external defibrillator (AED). It is designed so someone who has never seen it can open it and start, Senseman said.
The machine doesn’t get tired, and frees up a medical person to help with other activity. It also allows for the critically important consistent compressions while the person is being moved and on the way to the hospital.
“It’s funny looking, it makes noise, but it does what a person should do, if we could always be fully accurate,” Senseman said.
For staffing purposes if one less person is needed on the ride to the hospital, that person can help staff the station for other calls that may be received.
The first ambulance leaving station will use the compression unit. Plans are to purchase one additional unit in both 2013 and 2014 to have one for each ambulance.City Receives Grant for additional AEDs
Tipp City’s request for dollars to buy additional automated external defibrillators (AEDs) has been approved by the Miami County Foundation.
The foundation OK’d a $10,000 grant recently, City Manager Jon Crusey said in a memo to City Council. The application was mentioned by Brad Vath, assistant city manager, at a recent council update on grants.
The AEDs will help the city buy AEDs for two EMS first responder vehicles, six police cruisers and four public buildings. The city’s goal is to have the units in all city vehicles used daily and in all city buildings, Crusey said.
County Commission Told Business Up at Tipp City hotels
Hotel properties in Tipp City “are doing really well,” Miami County’s Visitors and Convention Bureau executive director told the county commissioners recently.
Diana Thompson made the remark during the bureau’s annual budget presentation to the commission. The bureau is funded in large part by the 3 percent hotel tax.
The biggest reason for the better business, Thompson said, is the announcement earlier this year and then construction of the new Abbott Labs liquid nutrition products facility on County Road 25A.
The city may see another hotel property because of business, but no solid plans have been made, Thompson said.
The commission also was told that the county would see a record year for the hotel tax in 2012, with an estimated $350,000.
Health Department Sues Local Man Over Alleged Nuisance
The Miami County Health Department wants a judge to declare a property owned by a Monroe Township resident a public nuisance and order its clean up.
A request for an injunction and other actions was filed by the Miami County Health District against Jaydee Blair of East Shoop Road, Tipp City, last week in county Common Pleas Court.
The action involves a closed grain elevator owned by Blair at 214 W. High St. in Pleasant Hill. The health department claims the property is a public nuisance because, among other factors, it is allegedly unsafe, structurally defective, unsanitary and is “an attractive nuisance to children.”
The court is asked to declare the property a public nuisance, issues preliminary and permanent injunctions against it continuing in its current condition and to order abatement of the nuisance
In an affidavit with the complaint Therese Tyson, a registered sanitarian, said the elevator smells like rotten sewage because of rotting grain, that also is attracting rodents and insects.
The case was assigned to Judge Christopher Gee.

Most of the EMS staff is trained in using the unit. Senseman said he’d also like to see police officers and firefighters trained in use.
Tipp City is the first Miami County community with the compression machine. Senseman said others are in use in Huber Heights and in Columbus.
“These machines have been shown to have a 6 percent improvement in survivability to the hospital. It is because the CPR is not stopped. This keeps good CPR going, which contributes to the improved outcomes,” he said.
EMS personnel will tell families on calls when they are going to use the machine.
Anyone with questions about the compression unit can call the EMS department.
“This is another tool, another extra chance,” Senseman said of the response to cardiac victims. “In those circumstances, you want all of the chances you can get.”

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