New CPR Machines Ready To Help Save Lives

Jennifer Linder, and EMT with the New Sharon Fire Department and Jamey Robinson, Mahaska County Emergency Management, demonstrate the new Lucas 3 device.

Jennifer Linder, an EMT with the New Sharon Fire Department, and Jamey Robinson, Mahaska County Emergency Management, demonstrate the new Lucas 3 device.

New Sharon, Iowa – Paramedics and first responders are learning how to best use a new tool that can help save lives.

Mahaska County Emergency applied for and were awarded a Helmsley grant that provided five new Lucas 3 devices. Each device cost approximately $16,000 if purchased.

The devices are automatic CPR chest compression machines.

The new devices are in each ambulance in service in the county, for a total of five units. Three of the units are in Mahaska Health Partnership rigs, while one unit each for New Sharon and Fremont Ambulance.

Each device comes with two batteries that could provide up to 45 minutes of chest compressions per battery. It also runs on AC power and can be plugged into the ambulance.

A recent story involving a Christmas miracle heart attack survivor Jamie Brockman, police officers and paramedics rotated for over a half an hour to provide chest compressions. This device will allow emergency personnel to focus solely on the patient, allowing them to start IV’s, intubate, or provide the required drugs.

Paramedics don’t want to go more than 10 seconds without compressions taking place. The device can be put on a patient while a first responder continues chest compressions. Once ready, the machine takes over, with little or no stoppage of CPR.

The device provides exact chest compressions of 2.1 inches, and has programs that allow paramedics to “bag” a patient. “It doesn’t get tired,” said Mahaska County Emergency Manager Jamey Robinson. Those quality chest compressions are vitally important to patient survival. When responders get fatigued, they may not compress the chest far enough, or recoil up to allow the chest to fully expand again.

Not all patients will fit into the machine, as it is size-based instead of weight-based. Manual CPR would be used instead.

The Lucas 3 devices are already in service with the departments and ready to serve the Mahaska Community.

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