LUCAS™ CPR Pre-Hospital Use
Your partner in life-support
The LUCAS™ Chest Compression System assists first responders and paramedics by providing effective and uninterrupted chest compressions on sudden cardiac arrest patients. With automated CPR the fatigue, individual variations or psychological factors are removed from CPR and there is no longer a need for shifting CPR providers every two minutes. Rescuers are freed up to focus on other critical life-saving tasks, such as ventilation, medication and defibrillation, which leads to an increased focus on cardiac arrest management.
Keep your personnel safe during CPR
LUCAS™ facilitates the transportation of cardiac arrest patients with ongoing compressions, not only from the scene to the ambulance, but also inside a fast-moving ambulance. It is well established that effective CPR is very difficult to achieve manually in these situations (1).
In addition, rescuers will no longer have to compromise their own safety by providing compression during transportation. With LUCAS™ consistently performing the compressions, rescuers are still able to sit firmly, belted and watching over the patient.
Strengthens the chain of survival and increases the chances of good
The LUCAS™ CPR device has been in use in large pre-hospital organisations since 2003. Several publications confirm the practical benefits of implementing and using the LUCAS™ device in the pre-hospital setting and some points at an increased short-term survival (return of spontaneous circulation) (2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
1) Glasheen et al; Prehospital Emergency Care Jan/March (2007) 11.1. Effectiveness of single rescuer delivered chest compressions using 15:2 versus 30:2 in both static and mobile environments compared with an active decompression device
2) Rubertsson et al; American Heart Congress 2007, Nov 5, Abstract 1813; Early Survival After Cardiac Arrest In A Pilot Study Using The LUCAS Device Compared To Manual Chest Compressions During CPR
3) Maule; Urgences & Accueil, Volume 7, Numéro 29, Juin-Juillet-Août 2007; (Translation from French; Mechanical external chest compression: a new adjuvant technology in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.)
4) de Knock et al; Resuscitation 70 (2006), 2 Aug p 305. The use of LUCAS for in- and out-of-hospital cardiac arrests
5) Steen et al; Resuscitation 67 (2005), 25-30. Treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with LUCAS, a new device for automatic mechanical compressions and active decompression resuscitation
6) Halliwell et al ; British journal of resuscitation vol3, no 2 autumn (2004) Evaluation of LUCAS
There are different generations (i.e., versions) of the LUCAS Chest Compression System. The first generation was driven by compressed air, whereas the later generations are driven by battery. Although all LUCAS versions are similar in most respects and deliver chest compressions according to the AHA and ERC guidelines, they differ somewhat in mechanical design and usability. The differences need to be considered when extrapolating clinical and animal data from the different versions.