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story.lead_photo.caption An ambulance from the Mid-Missouri Ambulance District.

The Mid Mo Ambulance District made an amendment to its fiscal 2019-20 budget to accommodate upgrades to medical equipment at its Oct. 9 board meeting.

The replacement of several types of medical equipment — including eight cardiac monitors/defibrillators, seven AutoPulse CPR boards and the purchase of four new portable ventilators — was approved through Zoll Medical. The eight monitors, seven boards and one older ventilator were traded in for a value of $98,000, along with a package discount of $6,700. The total bid was $316,983.38, of which payments of $65,000 will be made annually for five years. The financing option Zoll Medical offered Administrator Lee Kempf was for zero interest for five years.

The actual ending balance of funds for the fiscal year of 2018-19 was $546,882.67, with a projected expense for medical equipment purchases for $50,000. The amended amount was slated as $75,000 with an amended projected expense of $3,239,200, which leaves the amended reserve fund at $379,882.67. The board motioned and approved both the amended budget and the replacement of medical equipment.

Run stats for the fiscal year of 2018-19 were: Tipton, 630 calls with 404 transports; California, 885 calls with 549 transports; Versailles, 2,146 calls with 1,427 transports. The total calls districtwide were 3,661 with 2,380 transports, making a transport rate on patient contact of 75.8 percent.

Run stats for the month of September were: Tipton, 63 calls with 37 transports; California, 73 calls with 43 transports; Versailles, 175 calls with 109 transports, making a district-wide total of 311 calls with 189 transports. This made a transport rate on patient contact calls of 73.5 percent.

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