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German cardiologist: LUCAS improves CPR

Lund, 8th of May, 2008

The LUCAS chest compression system could improve the success rate of pre-hospital and in-hospital resuscitation following cardiac arrest, according to a recent article in a German cardiology journal.

The article, in the journal Cardiovasc, was authored by Dr Hendrik Bonnemeier, a cardiologist and internist at Lubeck University Hospital who has experience of the LUCAS device.

Dr Bonnemeier wrote that during prolonged resuscitation events, the stringent requirements of professional organisations can only be met by mechanical chest compression systems. “Compression rate, compression depth and no-flow time are substantially improved by mechanical chest compressions and resuscitation can be performed far more efficiently,” he wrote. “In Europe, one system in particular has proved a success in this context: the LUCAS CPR.”

Dr Bonnemeier wrote that in cases of cardiac arrest with a non-shockable first rhythm, effective and prolonged chest compressions of the kind LUCAS carries out are of vital significance for survival. The article describes several cases, for example patients with cardiac arrest due to fulminent pulmonary emboli, where lives have been saved after up to 60 minutes of LUCAS compressions.

According to Dr Bonnemeier, who has been involved in several cases where LUCAS contributed to the survival of a cardiac arrest patient, another significant advantage is that LUCAS compressions are compatible with several different simultaneous interventions, such as coronary intervention (PCI), mild therapeutic hypothermia, and CT scans. In addition, fewer resources are tied up providing compressions, and medical staff do not have to compromise on their own safety when saving lives; they do not have to stand exposed to X-rays in the cath lab, nor stand unbelted in a fast-moving ambulance while attempting to carry out chest compressions.

The Cardiovasc article is part of the German program for continuous medical education, the so called CME-certification programme, with a special focus on topics that require interdisciplinary cooperation. The article can be read on the Cardiovasc homepage. An English translation can be read on our homepage, Bonnemeier H; Cardiovasc 2008;8 (2): 20-25: Kardiopulmonale Reanimation: Bessere Überlebenswahrscheinlichkeit durch mechanische Herzdruckmassage

About LUCAS™ CPR
The LUCAS™ chest compression system helps ambulance and hospital personnel to save patients suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. The device performs continuous chest compressions to maintain the blood flow to the brain and heart. International resuscitation guidelines issued in 2005 stress the importance of effective and uninterrupted chest compressions before defibrillation. LUCAS performs chest compressions in accordance with these guidelines without risking variations in quality or tiring out personnel. The device also allows safe transportation and permits simultaneous defibrillation and angiography.

About Jolife AB
Jolife is dedicated to increasing the survival of people suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, and increasing the number who survive with their quality of life intact. This is being achieved by leading research and development in the field in order to offer innovative products which define the future for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. The company was founded in 2000 and has since worked closely with leading physicians and paramedics on research and development. This work has led to groundbreaking knowledge about the physiological effects of cardiac arrest and the importance of high-quality chest compressions. The LUCAS chest compression system is available for sale in the USA, Europe and other parts of the world. Based in Lund in southern Sweden, Jolife markets its products through an exclusive global distribution agreement with Physio-Control, Inc. – a division within Medtronic Ltd., except in Sweden, Norway and Finland where it sells direct. For further information, please visit www.jolife.com or www.lucas-cpr.com

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