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February 9, 2017

ORMC and Odessa Fire Rescue Work Together to Bring New Life-Saving Technology to Ector County Residents

Odessa Regional Medical Center announced today that Odessa Fire/Rescue recently purchased two new ZOLL® X Series® Monitor/Defibrillators to equip two of Odessa Fire/Rescue’s eleven ambulances. The goal of Odessa Fire/Rescue is to equip all OFR ambulances with the new ZOLL® X Series® Monitor/Defibrillators to help treat the citizens of Ector County.


The ZOLL X Series® brings advanced technology to the Permian Basin.  This technology allows for Odessa Fire/Rescue to take an EKG in the field and transmit a diagnostic quality EKG directly to ORMC in order for staff to be prepared as soon as the patient arrives.  Time is critical when a patient is having a heart attack and this technology reduces the time for medical professionals to intervene.


“Obtaining a 12-lead electrocardiogram, before the patient is transported to the hospital, allows our physicians and staff to rapidly diagnose and begin treatment as soon as the patient arrives,” said Levi Stone, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Odessa Regional Medical Center.  “Bottom line, this technology can greatly increase a patient’s chance for survival.  When every minute and second counts in treating heart attacks, getting these patients to our cath lab immediately is key.  This latest capability certainly allows ORMC and Odessa Fire/Rescue to do just that, transport and treat patients more efficiently and effectively to yield the best possible outcomes,” Stone added.


The X Series was designed expressly for professional rescuers to meet the specific demands and extreme conditions that Odessa EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters face every day. Based on a platform for the military and air medical operations, the X Series® rises to a new standard for ruggedness and durability.


“Once a person is in cardiac arrest, it’s a matter of life and death,” said Glen Hogue, Assistant Fire Chief “The X Series® lets us assess the patient’s needs as soon as possible and transmit critical information to Odessa Regional Medical Center so clinicians are prepared when the ambulance arrives. This transmission allows the EMS crew and hospital staff to work as a team and start treating the patient without unnecessary delays.”