The Jessamine County Emergency Medical Services crew now has a new tool to use when administering CPR to patients. The Lucas 2, an automatic chest compressor, will act as a set of helping hands to paramedics and EMTs who are performing CPR for an extended period of time.
The EMS team received money to purchase the Lucas 2 from the county’s Emergency Management Agency/CSEPP program, overseen by John¿V. Carpenter, EMS Director Jerry Domidion said. The machine cost about $15,000, he said.
The Lucas 2 is literally a life-saver for medical personnel everywhere, Domidion said.
“It helps in performing chest compressions for CPR,” he said. “It doesn’t get tired like people do, and it performs perfect CPR every time. The American Heart Association just came out and said chest compressions and defibrillation are the most important.”
The second version of the automatic chest compression machine has been around for about two years, and Domidion heard about the machine shortly after receiving funding for new heart monitors a few months ago. The technology for the chest compressor was developed in Sweden, and the machine is designed to perform chest compressions for up to 45 minutes on a single charge of the battery.