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July 12, 2017

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Danbury Ambulance Receives New Defibrillator

Paramedic Bob Welte and RN Darlene Fitzpatrick display
Danbury Ambulance's new defibrillator.
    The heart is obviously a very important part of the human body. When something with the heart goes awry, medical personnel monitor the heart and, at times, need to intervene. In many instances, ambulance services are the first to monitor and begin treatment to these people.
    Earlier this year, Danbury Ambulance Service received a much needed upgrade to their defibrillator, a piece of equpment which monitors heart rhythm and, if needed, can be used to administer shocks to the heart in hopes of starting the ticker. The old defibrillator was able to provide a 12-lead picture of the heart, but it had two big problems. It was outdated and it didn't transmit to the hospitals.
    The new defibrillator, a LifePak 15 features the ability to send the output to the hospital. This gives medical personnel at the hospital the ability to evaluate the patient prior to arrival to the emergency room doors. They can then advise personnel in the ambulance if any specific treatment should begin or, in the event a paramedic is not on board, if the ambulance needs to tier with the paramedics and call for Mercy Air Care. Considering Danbury is approximately an hour to the hospital certified as a heart hospital in our area, an evaluation while en route to the hospital is very beneficial.
    "The LifePak 15 will enable the staff of Danbury Ambulance to deliver the most technologically advanced care to those patients that are in cardiac arrest or may be experiencing a heart attack." commented Service Director Bob Welte.
    The defibrillator was courtesy of the Iowa Mission: Lifeline EMS Equipment Grant. The grant seeks to enhance emergency medical response to STEMI heart attack patients in rural Iowa by funding requests for 12-lead equipment that will increase the ability to identify STEMI patients and relay critical medical information from the field to hospital providers.
    Mission: Lifeline Iowa is an American Heart Association initiative to develop and enhance systems of care that improve patient care and ultimately reduce death and disability due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The first subset of AMI, that has the most evidenced based need for time critical systems of care implementation, is ST- elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). To that end, Mission: Lifeline Iowa's intent is to develop, support and enhance STEMI heart attack systems across the state.


Open Cupboard July 19

    The Open Cupboard & Food Bank of Siouxland Inc. Mobil Food Pantry distribution will be Wednesday, May 20th at 5:00 p.m. at the Mapleton Community Center. Bring your own bags,boxes,clothes baskets & containers to put your food into.
    In June 117 households with 392 people received food. Even if you don't need food, please check it out. Maybe God is calling you to help in some small way.

St. Paul's Lutheran to Celebrate 125 Years Sunday

    The congregation of St. Paul's Lutheran Church--Midway, rural Battle Creek, will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church on Sunday, July 16.
    The celebration begins with an 11 a.m. service led by the Rev. Gaylen Burow, who grew up attending St. Paul, and the Rev. Marty Davis, the current pastor. Burow was ordained in July 1973 at St. Paul.
    Following the service, at noon, will be a catered meal and entertainment. The celebration is open to all. St. Paul Church is located at 2326 Story Ave.
    St. Paul's was established in 1892 as German Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul's Congregation, with the first services in German held in the Midway schoolhouse. In 1897, St. Paul joined and affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
    In 1898, the first church building was built and dedicated. In 1917, the first services were held in English on a trial basis. In 1918, the first Sunday school classes were held.
    In September 1919, lightning struck the church and the subsequent fire destroyed the building. A second church was built and dedicated in 1920.
    In 1937, the congregation voted to hold two services in English and one in German. Services in German were discontinued in 1942.
    The second church was torn down in 1959 and replaced with the current church.
    In 125 years, more than 1,200 baptisms have been held, and more than 680 teens and adults have been confirmed.

Speaking of Ambulance...

    In with the new, out with the old.
    For several days, Danbury Ambulance has been owners of two ambulances. Their new one arrived and patiently awaited going into service until equipment and supplies were switched over. Saturday was the big day, and before the weekend was over, the older ambulance was given a farewell drive. It has been sold and will leave its temporary home in the near future.
    The new one had its first run not long after going into service. Who was the lucky patient? Well...this reporter doesn't know and wouldn't tell you if she did!!! Sorry!
    To the left, Alex Boyle sits on the back of the new ambulance, taking a break after spending time on a hot Saturday preparing the ambulance for use.



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