Train to apply the LUCAS device on a manikin


  • You need a LUCAS device, a manikin and a timer
  • Work in pairs or small teams
  • Print out and use the User Performance Evaluation sheet (US / Intl. Eng) to check off each step during the hands-on application

  • When you apply and transition to LUCAS, minimize and measure the interruptions to manual CPR 
  • After successful training – sign the User Performance Evaluation sheet to document the training

Did you know that:

Well trained teams have shown it is possible to transition to LUCAS with an interruption to manual CPR of 7 seconds (median) in clinical use.1

Part one: Position the back plate correctly

  1. Confirm cardiac arrest
  2. Begin manual CPR immediately
  3. Open case; press ON/OFF for 1 second to start self-test and power up the LUCAS device
  4. Remove the back plate from the case
  5. Verbalize “stop manual CPR” to other rescuer
  6. Place back plate under patient, immediately below the patient’s armpits
  7. Verbalize ”resume manual CPR” to the other rescuer

Part two: Upper part attachment and transition to LUCAS compressions

  1. Lift upper part of the LUCAS device from case and pull once on the release rings to check that the claw locks are open, then let go of rings.

Instructor is prepared and starts timer when manual compressions stop.

  1. Connect the upper part to the back plate, starting on the side closest to user. Listen for click.
  2. Pull up once to ensure attachment
  3. Position the suction cup immediately above the end of the sternum in the center of the chest. Adjust if necessary.
  4. Push the suction cup down using two fingers (ADJUST mode) until it touches the patient’s chest
  5. Push PAUSE to lock start position
  6. Press ACTIVE (30:2) or (continuous)

Instructor stops timer: _______ seconds (goal: less than 20 seconds)

Part three: Attach the stabilization strap

  1. Fully extend the stabilization strap at the buckles
  2. Place support cushion under patient’s neck
  3. Connect buckles on support cushion straps to device straps
  4. Tighten support cushion straps firmly
  5. Visually check for proper position of suction cup, adjust if needed 

Sign the user performance evaluation to document the successful application and training.

Suggestion for more practical training

Practice to apply the back plate and upper part and stabilization strap on each other instead of on the manikin. NOTE; make sure to remove the battery of the LUCAS device so that you do not operate LUCAS or compress your colleague by mistake.

We suggest you train not only on the LUCAS device, but on your complete local resuscitation protocol, including manual chest compressions, rhythm checks, defibrillation, ventilation, medication and patient management strategies. These are all critical elements for successful resuscitation.