April 18, 1998
Mr. Jeff Burns
This is just a little bit about the EM-100 Oxylator that we
purchased from you.
I placed the Oxylator onto our primary ambulance after the
In-service training on April 15, 98. On April 17, 98 it was
put to use by another EMT-1 and myself during a Cardiac Arrest.
The call for help came in a little after 3:00 pm that afternoon
for a possible dead person at on of our local Country Club
Golf Courses, which is known to have retirees and seniors
there most of the day. On our arrival we found an 83 year
old male in the locker room apneic and pulseless with an ashen
color. We placed the patient on the floor and started BLS
procedures using the Oxylator with a mask on it at the time.
Spartanburg EMS Medic 6 was our ALS back-up, he placed the
patient on a LP 12 to show "PEA" and then intubated
the patient. We changed the Oxylator from the mask to the
ET tube. The patient was about 110 kg.. We started the Oxylator
off at 25 cm of water pressure and had to gradually increase
the settings up to 50 cm of water pressure to deliver the
recommended 2 second inhalation time. Throughout the arrest
the tube placement was monitored and checked by lung and gastric
sounds. During the arrest no gastric distension was noted.
After the patient was intubated and during transport to the
hospital, his color improved to a normal "pink".
The Oxylator worked just like it was designed to do, we just
had to go back to how we were trained to do CPR "5:1"
compression ratio to allow for the 2 second inhalation time.
The Paramedic gave the patient Epinephrine 1:10,000 at two
different times down the ET tube prior to an IV access, we
had to then change the Oxylator from auto to manual to properly
push the Epinephrine to the lungs. Despite our efforts, the
patient was pronounced at the hospital.
After the call was over I asked the Paramedic that ran the
call with us "what he thought about the Oxylator?"
His reply was "I haven't seen a resuscitator like that
before, but it seemed to do well since the patients color
improved and his chest kept rising."
The Oxylator was used during the entire arrest and only used
approx. 1000 psi's of Oxygen out of 2000 psi "D"
Croft Rescue Squad