Everywhere we look these days, there’s a machine assisting humans. We have machines assisting rescue, machines in factories, machines assisting in the bedroom, and now machines assisting with CPR.
One would think humans have reached a point in evolution where we could do anything we want without assistance from things made from metal, however, this is not the case. The Indianola Fire Department has decided to purchase a LUCAS mechanical CPR device which will be used in the field.
A LUCAS for every ambulance
The Indianola Fire Department plans to purchase three LUCAS mechanical CPR devices. So far, one has been acquired thanks to the help from donors such as local residents and local area businesses. Now, each LUCAS will be added to an ambulance, and we’re guessing if things go according to plan, each working ambulance will have its own LUCAS.
Folks who are wondering what the LUCAS is capable of should know it’s all about delivering continuous chest compression during CPR. As it stands, the LUCAS is not a machine that performs CPR by itself seeing as the device is not capable of blowing air into the mouth of the victim.
How safe is LUCAS?
According to the company behind LUCAS, the device is quite safe and effective in many ways. We understand the device is capable of sustaining a higher blood flow to the brain and heart when compared to manual compression. Still, that doesn’t mean the side effects will disappear or differ. The company claims the side effects will be the same throughout.
It should be noted that the LUCAS mechanical CPR perform compressions in accordance with medical guidelines, which is in the middle of the chest.
“LUCAS has been used successfully in several types of cardiac arrests (PEA or asystole due to anaphylactic shock, accidental hypothermia, renal insufficiency and pulmonary emboli) in the hospital,” according to the official website.
LUCAS is very easy to use
Seeing as it’s designed for mobility, it comes as no surprise to find out the device is easy to handle and carry around. The company did not speak of the weight, but from our point of view, it looks relatively lightweight.
Not to mention, the machine is not only designed for use in ambulances but inside the hospital as well. We can see the LUCAS working wonders inside hospitals where workers tend to tire from constantly checking on patients.
The device would likely relieve some of the pressure, which in turn, would give the staff more energy to deal with other important matters.