Rotary donates life-saving equipment to county EMS

  • Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. The Rotary Club of Clayton has donated four Automated External Defibrillators to Rabun County EMS, two of which replaced old AED’s at the courthouse. Front, from left, Trampes Stancil, EMS captain, Mike Carnes, EMS director, Darrin Giles, county administrator, Tony Penrose; Middle, from left, Tim Ranney, Rotary president, Ray Pagano; Back, from left, Wayne Knuckles, Sheriff Chad Nichols, David Tatum and Matt Mitcham.
    Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. The Rotary Club of Clayton has donated four Automated External Defibrillators to Rabun County EMS, two of which replaced old AED’s at the courthouse. Front, from left, Trampes Stancil, EMS captain, Mike Carnes, EMS director, Darrin Giles, county administrator, Tony Penrose; Middle, from left, Tim Ranney, Rotary president, Ray Pagano; Back, from left, Wayne Knuckles, Sheriff Chad Nichols, David Tatum and Matt Mitcham.
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CLAYTON— Rabun County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has new Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Clayton.

Representatives from EMS, the Rotary Club, county government and the Sheriff’s Office met at the Rabun County Courthouse Thursday, October 17 to replace two AED’s that were at the end of their life expectancy.

“They were not compatible with what we use,” said Trampes Stancil, EMS captain, about medical equipment used in conjunction with the device.

Stancil said that the new AED’s are up to date with new ER standards and that it is the same brand, Zoll, that is used with medical equipment at Mountain Lakes Medical Center, Air Life (life-flight service), and other organizations.

“It’s all totally interchangeable,” Stancil said. He said that one benefit to this is that the AED can send an Electrocardiography (EKG) to the Emergency Room physician to assess even before the patient gets there.

The AED can also download the patient’s medical data from the beginning of their treatment to the chart at the hospital, Stancil said.

Rotary donated four AED’s this year and four last year, said Tim Ranney, president of Rotary Club of Clayton.

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