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LUCAS receives the Excellent Swedish Design Award

Lund, September 2001

The lifesaver from Lund awarded the Excellent Swedish Design prize 2001.

The heart compressions device has been awarded the Excellent Swedish Design Prize 2001. LUCAS can save lives at cardiac arrest is described as a "vital product where purpose, technique and design harmonise".

LUCAS is a mobile device for mechanical heart massage. It frees capacity for paramedics to concentrate on the resuscitation of cardiac arrest patients. Further, LUCAS works constantly and without getting tired, which is almost impossible for a person to do at manual heart massage. The company behind LUCAS is the Swedish medico-technical company Jolife AB in Lund, Sweden. LUCAS was designed by Jan Hampf and Pär Bergström of Hampf Industrial Design.

- We are very pleased. Already at an early stage it was clear to us that the design of LUCAS would be a crucial success factor. When a cardiac arrest occurs, time is the most critical circumstance. LUCAS was designed to be easy to handle and quickly adapted to the patient, says Martin Dahl, Marketing manager of Jolife.

The motivation of the awarding Swedish Design Association says: "The idea of treating the human heart with a technical device instead of giving manual heart massage might be perceived as cold; however this is compensated by the soft silhouette of the product. A vital product where purpose, technique and design harmonise".

More than 500 products were competing for this year's prize, and LUCAS was one of 40 winners, which will be exhibited at Svensk Form in Stockholm September 13 until October 28, 2001. Thereafter the exhibition will go on tour to the largest Swedish cities.

Further information is available at Jolife AB, Peter Sebelius, R & D Manager, phone: +46-708 18 68 00.

Jolife is a medico-technical company that develops and markets solutions for the treatment of cardiac arrest to be used within intensive care, acute care and paramedics. The company's vision is to reduce the mortality rate among cardiac arrest victims. Jolife is established in Lund, Sweden, and belongs to the medico-technical company group Jostra

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