Equipment issues occupied much of the business before the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District Board of Directors in October.
Having previously agreed to upgrade two Zoll Monitors, board members voted to trade the old monitors in on a deal to buy two Series E monitors and accessories from the Zoll company. The purchase, not to exceed $34,000, will also include an Auto-Pulse, the automatic resuscitation device that does CPR on its own.
Problems have continued with the district's radio repeater, installed on the broadcast tower at the Monett Justice Center at a cost of $11,000. According to Jeaneittia Pierce, office manager, ambulance calls have been transferred over to the city's system. Board members opted to turn the matter over to the district's general liability insurance carrier.
Crews made 202 runs in September, one less than a year ago. Of the runs completed, 52 patients went to Cox Monett Hospital, 54 to Springfield hospitals, four in Joplin hospitals, 11 to St. John's Hospital-Aurora and four to St. John's Hospital-Cassville, 14 to area nursing homes, four to helicopter landing zones and two to area mental health facilities. Three were treated without being transported.
Ambulance crews made visits to five schools during September, including participation in docu-dramas about drunk driving. Crews also stood by during the MS 150 bicycle ride, which travelled through the area in mid-September, and two races at the Monett Speedway.
For the first three quarters of 2009, ambulance crews had made nine more runs than a year ago. Patient charges were up by nearly $71,000 for the period.
Overtime continues to be a problem for the district. For the two pay periods in September, employees put in 320 hours of scheduled overtime and 313.5 hours of excess overtime. A discussion of the overtime situation has been scheduled for the November monthly meeting.
In the education report, Andy McCaslin, education coordinator, reported six people received certification in heart saver CPR following two classes. Two people were certified in first aid.
A first responder class has been scheduled for November. Fliers were sent to area fire departments. The district's website has had success in attracting employees, according to McCaslin. Two paramedics have made inquiries about applying for open positions through the site.
The board will next meet on Nov. 10.