Story image
Life Saving LUCAS Coming to Springfield Township Ambulance

In order to be able to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients and avoid neurological damage, a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain is necessitated. Life-sustaining circulation can be created through effective and uninterrupted chest compressions. Performing manual chest compressions of high quality is both difficult and tiring, and impossible in certain situations. The quality varies depending on who provides CPR and deteriorates quickly after only one to two minutes. Emergency calls made for cardiac arrest patients in Springfield Township will soon have a much greater chance of survival. Springfield Township Fire Department's first LUCAS 3 Physio Control Automatic Chest Compression Device has been ordered and is expected to arrive in August. The device will be carried on ambulance runs upon the completion of EMS employee training. The LUCAS 3 purchase was made possible through a $9, 685 grant from the Bureau of Workers Compensation and supplemented by Township funds in the amount of $5,252. 

The LUCAS™ Chest Compression System is a safe and efficient tool that standardizes chest compressions in accordance with the latest scientific guidelines. It provides the same quality for all patients and over time, independent of transport conditions, rescuer fatigue, or variability in the experience level of the caregiver. By doing this, it frees up rescuers to focus on other life-saving tasks and creates new rescue opportunities.

Experimental studies show that the mechanically controlled LUCAS™ compressions are able to sustain a higher blood flow to the brain and heart compared to manual compressions. The side-effects are similar as for manual compressions. LUCAS™ does compressions according to guidelines - on the middle of the chest, not more, not less.

Springfield Township Trustee, Joe Honerlaw states, "During a cardiac arrest, paramedics need to perform CPR from the moment they arrive to the scene, in a moving ambulance, and to the hospital. As you can imagine, it is near impossible to perform uninterrupted and accurate chest compressions as they move down stairs or hit a bump in the road. The LUCAS 3 will give our patients a higher chance for a better outcome from a cardiac arrest and will keep the risk of injury to our medics low." It is anticipated that the Township will eventually carry a LUCAS Chest Compression Device in every ambulance in the future.