When Chatter Creek lodge decided to raise some funds for Golden and District Search and Rescue (GADSAR) the organization took the opportunity to start working towards a big purchase.
“What Golden SAR would like to do is purchase an automatic compression machine for CPR,” said Nick Comstock, GADSAR president.
The Zoll AutoPulse that they are currently looking at is a piece of machinery that does prolonged CPR, which despite its high price tag (roughly $15,000 once the required batteries are included) would be extremely useful in a community like Golden.
“Basically what that allows us to do is do prolonged CPR without putting our volunteers through what is a very difficult thing to do, physically and emotionally, for lack of a better term,” said Comstock. “It’s nice to be able to get people further away from it.”
Aside from the toll CPR can take on medics and volunteers, it is also very difficult to do well in certain situations, such as the back of a helicopter where there is only room for two attendants. Ideally there would be at least five people trading off during prolonged CPR.
GADSAR isn’t the only organization that undergoes lengthy CPR sessions, so Comstock is hoping that if and when the automatic compression machine is purchased, multiple groups will be able to utilize it, including the hospital, BC Ambulance, and Golden Fire Rescue.
GADSAR wants to make sure they don’t drain all of their resources to purchase the Zoll AutoPulse, as there is other necessary purchases the organization needs to make. In the future they may look into starting an online fundraising campaign.
The $2,752 that was donated to GADSAR came from a raffle for a Chatter Creek cat skiing trip, bar sales from an event organized by GNAR (Golden Alpine Rippers), a keg donated by Mt. Begbie Brewery, and a donation made by the winners of the Chatter Creek raffle.