Lifesaving Device Donated to Ocean Care Center

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Lifesaving Device Donated to Ocean Care Center

Contribution from Bay Head family equips satellite emergency department with state-of-the-art technology.

Thanks to a donation by Tom and Vera Jones of Bay Head, the Ocean Care Center in Point Pleasant has added a state-of-the-art compression system to their array of life saving resources available at the satellite emergency department.

The Jones' recently donated a LUCAST Chest Compression System to the Ocean Care Center, which can be used on patients who are suffering from cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs when blood flow to the muscle of the heart is impaired or blocked. It is most commonly associated with a heart attack, but can also result from trauma, overdose or drowning.

To save a patient's life and avoid neurological damage, a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain is required. Performing consistent and uninterrupted chest compressions (through CPR) is required to maintain life-sustaining circulation. The LUCAST Chest Compression System is a safe and efficient tool that standardizes chest compressions. The device is placed over the patient's chest and takes into account the person's body size and weight. It then provides compressions with a consistent amount of force, at exact intervals of time.

"Having this device allows our team to focus on other life-saving tasks that the patient requires during an emergency," says Bradley Pulver, M.D., Medical Director of Emergency Services for the Ocean Care Center and Ocean Medical Center. "Manual compressions can be tiring and have variations in the amount of force, depending on who is administering them. The chest compression system is consistent and can literally go all day."

Tom and Vera Jones are longtime supporters of the Ocean Care Center, which treats over 20,000 patients a year for a variety of illnesses and injuries. Their generosity has benefited countless patients, and this is another gift that will enhance the care provided at the Ocean Care Center.

"We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support that the Jones family has provided to the Ocean Care Center," says Dr. Pulver. "Their generosity has touched the lives of so many people in our community and helps our center provide valuable wellness and lifesaving resources for local residents."

About Ocean Medical Center
Standing out as a premier medical center along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus, all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 321-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation's most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The Medical Center has begun a four-level Master Facility Plan that will transform the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in 1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing community and health care landscape.