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The LUCAS Chest Compression System is distributed globally by Stryker and Physio-Control, a part of Stryker. The LUCAS device is developed and manufactured by Jolife AB, Lund, Sweden, a wholly owned part of Stryker. 

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In the 1990s, Willy Vistung, a Norwegian paramedic, saw a resuscitation attempt on a patient being transported on a stretcher, and pondered how cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could be improved. He approached Professor Stig Steen of Lund University Hospital, Sweden, with an idea to overcome the limitations of manual CPR by making an automated chest compressor. In the end of the 90s, the development of the LUCAS device was started.

A series of experimental studies were made by Professor Stig Steen and his team to better understand the pathophysiology of a cardiac arrest as well as the efficacy of chest compressions. The research got global attention and showed that effective chest compressions were critical for outcomes. LUCAS showed to significantly improve coronary perfusion pressures and cerebral blood flow compared to manual compressions in experimental pig studies.

Engineers worked with an equally important aspect of the development; to design a device that was user-friendly, powerful and reliable and yet easy to carry, apply and manage in the stressful situation of a cardiac arrest.

In 2003, the first pneumatic LUCAS 1 devices were used clinically in ambulances in Sweden. LUCAS was immediately appreciated as it freed up hands, reduced the chaos around the patient and increased safety when providing CPR in a moving ambulance. In 2009, a second generation, battery-operated LUCAS 2 was launched globally.

A rapidly growing number of Emergency Medical Systems and hospitals in the US, Europe and Asia starts to use the device. In June 2016 the third generation of LUCAS was launched as LUCAS 3. 

Over two hundred clinical and experimental publications have investigated the safety, efficacy and feasibility of LUCAS in various settings. LUCAS has enabled patients being saved that would otherwise have been considered futile, extending the reach of care by allowing for prolonged CPR, transportation to ECMO and coronary intervention (PCI) during LUCAS CPR.

As the name suggests the device is a team member, and it could also be interpreted as an acronym for “Lund University Cardiac Assist System”. The formal trademark is LUCAS.

Resources

Brochures. Clinical material. Pictures and videos. 

NOTE
Below LUCAS materials are available for the US and several European CE-mark countries. Not all LUCAS versions are available in all geographies.
Please contact your local Stryker or Physio-Control representative for information relevant for your region.

Brochures

Meet LUCAS 3, v3.1 Data sheet
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS 2-3 Accessories catalog
US / Intl. Eng 


LUCAS Connectivity Guide
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Checklist LUCAS 3, v3.1 - Defining setup options
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS Implementation Guide
US / Intl. Eng

One-sheet topics

LUCAS System Values
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS by the numbers, Pre-hospital
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LUCAS by the numbers, Hospital 
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Manual CPR has hidden costs
US 

LUCAS in ambulance transport
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LUCAS operational benefits, Transport/stairs
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS in helicopter
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Clinical material

LUCAS fits large patients
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS Selected bibliography
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS Selected bibliography summaries 
US / Intl. Eng

LINC Clinical Summary  
US / Intl. Eng

Defibrillation and ventilation with LUCAS
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS in the Cath Lab
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Why choose LUCAS - Clinical overview 
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS and CPR related injuries 
US / Intl. Eng 

Levy Clinical Summary 
US / Intl. Eng

Excerpts from ERC 2015 gudielines
Intl. Eng

Training materials

LUCAS 3

LUCAS 3 Instructor guidebook
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS 3 Training test
US

LUCAS 3 Training test answer key
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LUCAS 3 Performance evaluation checklist
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LUCAS 3 Quick reference poster
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS Report generator - Quick user guide
US / Intl. Eng

LUCAS 2

LUCAS 2 Instructor guidebook
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LUCAS 2 Training evaluation and feedback form
US

LUCAS 2 Quick reference card
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LUCAS 2 Size comparison chart
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LUCAS 2 Training test 
US

LUCAS 2 Training answer key and annotated test
US



LUCAS 2 User performance evaluation
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Videos

LUCAS during angiography

Bellow angiography shows a heart in cardiac arrest. After a short while LUCAS is started and the contrast is immediately circulated. LUCAS sustains the blood circulation of cardiac arrest patients in the cath lab and allows for simultaneous intervention to treat the cause of the arrest.

LUCAS during angiography V1 
LUCAS during angiography V2

Courtesy of Dr. G K Olivecrona, Ph.D., Interventional Cardiology Department, Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden

LUCAS in the Cath Lab

Ongoing LUCAS compressions in the Cath Lab, stent placement etc. 

LUCAS in the Cath Lab V1
LUCAS in the Cath Lab V2

LUCAS 3 In-service videos (available in multiple languages) 

Case studies

White paper - University of Chicago Medicine LUCAS Cath Lab
US 

The Miracle man, Australia
US / Intl. Eng

Regions hospital St. Paul Fire, US
US / Intl. Eng

Vanessa - alive to tell the tale, Australia
US / Intl. Eng

Allina Health, US 
US / Intl. Eng

Cypress Creek EMS, US
US 

Newton MC EMS, US  
US 

A lifesaving combination for
Hudderfield Royal infirmary, UK
Intl. Eng

Images

Below is a selection of pictures. Please contact us if you need support.

Declaration of conformity

Instructions for Use

Below are the latest versions of the Instructions for Use.
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