March 9, 2011, Waterloo, Ont. - Firefighters in Waterloo, Ont., have a new weapon in their arsenal when it comes to combating the silent killer – carbon monoxide.
Waterloo Fire Rescue is the first fire department in Ontario to use the Masimo RAD-57 Pulse CO Oximeter in its response to suspected carbon monoxide poisonings.
The definitive diagnosis of CO poisoning still must take place in a hospital with a blood test but the oximeters give firefighters more data to ensure that residents get the treatment they need.
The oximeters are an application of hospital-based diagnostic equipment, which had been limited to clinical settings. The deployment of these devices in the field marks a new and enhanced level of service to the community.
“Waterloo Fire Rescue is always looking for ways to become more efficient and provide added value to the services we provide to our community – the acquisition of this new equipment makes this possible” said Larry Brassard, Waterloo’s deputy chief of operations.