Your Partner in Life Support
Effective Compressions, Good Blood Flow Lead to Lifesaving CPR
Effective chest compressions deliver vital oxygen to the brain and can prime the heart for a successful shock. Maintaining sufficient coronary perfusion pressure during cardiac arrest improves the likelihood of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC).1
However, as any rescuer or caregiver knows, performing manual CPR according to current AHA guidelines is difficult and tiring. In fact, many organizations have added extra staff to cardiac arrest calls to switch out rescuers performing compressions.
The LUCAS Chest Compression System is designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth to facilitate ROSC. It delivers automated compressions from first response in the field to ambulance transport and throughout the hospital. LUCAS facilitates consistent blood flow from the moment it is turned on, helping to improve a patient’s chance for a successful outcome.
Increasing opportunities for improved outcomes
Effective, consistent and uninterrupted compressions according to current AHA guidelines
LUCAS is a portable, easy-to-use device that delivers automated, guidelines-consistent chest compressions to improve blood flow in victims of cardiac arrest. LUCAS performs at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute with a depth of at least 2 inches. It also allows for complete chest wall recoil after each compression and provides a 50% duty cycle—equal compression and relaxation time for the chest wall.
Maintain good blood flow
Several studies show the effectiveness of manual chest compressions can drop rapidly—often after only one minute—due to rescuer fatigue.2,3 With LUCAS, automated compressions are delivered consistently and continuously, helping to maintain good circulation to the patient during transport and throughout the hospital.
Increasing operational effectiveness
Easy to use and efficient to own
LUCAS is lightweight, comes in a backpack and can be applied quickly to a patient, interrupting manual compressions for less than 20 seconds. It’s simple to apply whether the patient is on the ground, on a bed or on a stretcher in the ambulance.
Keep personnel safe during CPR
Whether you are delivering chest compressions in the back of an ambulance or in an emergency department, LUCAS can help keep responders safe. In a mobile environment, rescuers can be safely seat-belted in the back of an ambulance while LUCAS delivers compressions. In a hospital environment, LUCAS may help decrease occurrences of back injuries sustained while delivering CPR, as rescuers will no longer have to deliver prolonged CPR on a bed. In a study found in Resuscitation, of 205 respondents, over 80% experienced back discomfort; 56% felt the discomfort was related to the duration of CPR. 20% suffered back injury or prolapsed disc; 40% considered their back injury related to/aggravated by CPR.
Jones A. Can cardiopulmonary resuscitation injure the back? Resuscitation. 2004;61(1):63-67.