Exeter Volunteer Rescue Captain Hope Strate shows department member Alan Michl (left) how the new LUCAS device works.
The Exeter Volunteer Fire Department recently acquired a LUCAS device. It is an automated CPR device that hooks directly into the AED used by the department in the rescue unit.
They applied for and received a grant through The Helmsley Foundation. “They decided to give grants to Iowa, Nebraska and the Midwestern states. States with more turn-around time in order to help the providers,” explained Exeter Volunteer Rescue Captain Hope Strate.
The device, which retails at $25,000, runs on a battery which can last up to 30 days. The department plans to charge it at each fire meeting. They received the updated LUCAS 3 model for the Exeter unit.
An advantage to the LUCAS device over the auto-pulse the department owned is, “You can use the LUCAS device no matter what the body type,” according to Strate, “This is a game changer for anyone who has had to do CPR in the field.”
She continued, “You deploy the device, slide the backboard under the patient ahead of time, attach a neck strap and you will be impressed with how rapid the compressions are.”
The battery will last for 20-30 minutes and primarily works on adults. A plunger on the top of the device has to reach the chest of the patient for the device to work.
The department hopes to purchase an additional battery through the grant in the next few months.
According to the Helmsley Foundation, “Not only do the portable LUCAS 2 devices provide more effective, consistent and uninterrupted chest compressions, but they also deliver hands-free care, which means medical personnel are free to address other injuries and conditions of the patient.”