COLLIER COUNTY, Fla -- It's your money and Collier County will soon spend $1.5 million in new life-saving technology.
Paramedics say the current EKG monitors they use are outdated, but these new devices will better protect patients in emergencies.
Collier County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to spend more than a million dollars on 50 new ones.
"The new monitors are going to allow is to take a step forward in technology," says Collier County EMS Deputy Chief Wayne Watson.
The new monitors will do three things the old ones don't. First, they will send your vital signs like blood pressure and heart rate to the hospital while you are still in route in the ambulance or med flight.
The EKG monitors will also detect carbon monoxide in a patients system which the current ones don't do at all.
And finally, the will have more power to better resuscitate. "There's been studies that indicate the higher rate of electricity will give us a better chance at resuscitating," says Watson.
To ease the cost on tax payers, the monitors will be leased and the $1.5 million will be spread out over six years.
"We'll be able to roll into the next generation of monitors after that and keep moving forward so we can keep the right level of technology available, just as you would trade in a laptop," says Watson.
Collier County hopes to get the monitors up and running by the first of the year. Every paramedic will also be required to complete two weeks of hands on training on the new device.