University of Minnesota Creating the Country's First 'Super Ambulance'

Doctors and researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School are busy working on an innovative project which aims to build a new type of ambulance.

"When people have a cardiac arrest, they basically race against the clock and every minute counts," said Dr. Demetris Yannopoulos. "Because the longer you are in cardiac arrest, the less likely you are to survive."

Called "Super Ambulances," these vehicles would include ECMO, a machine that can temporarily take over for the heart and lungs.

Made possible by grant money from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, each Super Ambulance costs $1.8 million.

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