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Lansing Invests In New Life-Saving Kit For Emergency Vehicles

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Drugs and technology continue to change and improve and now the Lansing Fire Department has a life-saving drug in their kits.

6 News Sharon Yoo tells us how it can reverse the damaging effects of smoke inhalation.

When the Lansing Fire Department responds to a fire time is of the essence because first responders must make sure to get to the patients fast to prevent cyanide poisoning from smoke inhalation.

If they see,”altered consciousness, loss of consciousness, headache, nausea, dizziness,” said Monique Drury, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator.

They administer the Cyanokit. Within the past few weeks the fire department started carrying the instant antidote to cyanide poisoning.

It has increased the response rate to better than 50 percent, for people that have gone into cardiac arrest.

The Lansing Fire Department currently carries these Cyanokits in larger doses; this is just half the amount. It is administered to the patient via IV.

“This is very quick. We can get it on board as soon as possible; normally we have one guy setting this up while the other guy starts setting up the patient.”

All they have to do is mix the red powder with some saline before setting up the IV, there are no major side effects.

“And contra indications. So it doesn't matter whether it's a baby, an elderly patient, a large patient or a small patient,” said Charles Stadt, Public Information Office, LFD.

The Cyanokit saves lives in the ambulance in a matter of minutes.
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