All operators must read the complete instructions for use for complete directions for use, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions and potential adverse events before operating the LUCAS chest compression system.
“Always follow local and/or international guidelines for CPR when you use the LUCAS chest compression system.”
“Jolife recommends that the LUCAS Chest Compression System is only used by persons with medical skills such as: First responders, ambulance personnel, nurses, physicians or medical staff, who have:
"LUCAS Chest Compression System is to be used for performing external cardiac compressions on adult patients who have acute circulatory arrest defined as absence of spontaneous breathing and pulse, and loss of consciousness.
LUCAS must only be used in cases where chest compressions are likely to help the patient.
The LUCAS device is intended for use as an adjunct to manual CPR when effective manual CPR is not possible (e.g., during patient transport or extended CPR when fatigue may prohibit the delivery of effective/ consistent compressions to the victim, or when insufficient EMS personnel are available to provide effective CPR)." (US only)
“Do NOT use the LUCAS Chest Compression System in these cases:
Always follow local and/or international guidelines for CPR when you use the LUCAS chest compression system.”
“When you have confirmed a cardiac arrest, immediately start manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Minimize interruptions to manual chest compressions during the preparation and application of the LUCAS chest compression system.”
“The LUCAS device is intended for use as an adjunct to manual CPR when effective manual CPR is not possible (e.g., during patient transport or extended CPR when fatigue may prohibit the delivery of effective/consistent compressions to the victim, or when insufficient EMS personnel are available to provide effective CPR). (US only)”
This mode is used when you want to adjust the position of the suction cup. When you push this key, you can manually move the suction cup up or down. To adjust the start position of the suction cup, manually push down the suction cup with two fingers onto the chest of the patient.
When you push this key, the compression mechanism temporarily stops and is locked in the start position. Use this function when you want to stop the device temporarily but still want to keep the start position of the suction cup.
When you push this key, the LUCAS device performs 30 chest compressions and then temporarily stops for 3 seconds. During the stop, the operator can perform 2 ventilations. After the stop the cycle starts again. An intermittent LED in combination with an audible signal sequence will alert the operator before each ventilation pause.
When you push this key, the LUCAS device performs continuous chest compressions. The green LED signal will blink 10 times per minute to alert for ventilation during ongoing compressions.
Aim at placing the back plate centrally behind the heart. The back plate should be high up at the patient’s armpits. The black bars of the back plate should align cross over the heart area and central chest compression point where the manual CPR provider has his/her hands.
Position the back plate correctly from the start.
Make sure the claw locks are open by pulling the release rings once.
The claw locks will lock onto the back plate with a "click".
Defibrillation and ventilation with LUCAS
LUCAS can be active while you lift and move the patient if:
If necessary, adjust the position of the suction cup.
"When the device powers up, it automatically does a self-test of the functions and the protective system.
When the self-test is complete the green LED (Light Emitting Diode) beside the ADJUST key illuminates. This procedure takes approximately 3 seconds."
The device does a self-test at Power ON. A successful self-test indicates the device is ready for use. You want to ensure it is ready for use before application.
If you let the LUCAS device stay in PAUSE mode, it will power off automatically after 30 minutes. You may need to power ON the device again.
"If the LUCAS device alerts with 3 fast signals when lowering the suction cup, and you cannot enter the PAUSE mode or ACTIVE mode. Immediately start manual compressions again."
"When the yellow battery LED shows an
intermittent light, do one of these:
The device will remember the set start position and be ready to continue if you replace the batteries within 60 seconds.No, you do not have to power off the device when changing batteries, just push PAUSE.
Battery charge is too low and compressions will stop. If you do not have a charged battery at hand, remove the stabilization strap and the LUCAS device, and resume manual chest compressions immediately.
Examples of other reasons for the high-priority alarm:
If LUCAS does not operate properly: