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Grants provide funds for CPR devices at Minot, other cities

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has distributed $4.7 million in funding across five states to pay for LUCAS mechanical CPR devices at hospitals caring for coronavirus patients.

Minot is to receive seven of the devices. According to the release, other North Dakota cities that will receive the devices include Bismarck, with 11; Carrington, with one; Devils Lake, with one; Dickinson, with two; Fargo, with 28; Garrison, with one; Grand Forks, with 11; Jamestown, with one; Turtle Lake, with one; and Williston, with one.

“These devices are vital because we don’t want frontline health care workers to choose between trying to save a patient or risking exposure to themselves and others to the coronavirus,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “LUCAS has been a proven, effective tool in saving lives during cardiac arrest, and having more of them available during this pandemic will save even more lives, including those of the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.”

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