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Taylor County Ambulance EMTs and drivers trained in use of LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System

Taylor County Ambulance crew members place the LUCAS device on EMT Scott Copenhaver to test out how easy it is to use.

In August, Taylor County Ambulance’s Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and drivers were trained in the use of the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System. The LUCAS device is a mechanical device that automates chest compressions for patients that do not have a pulse. It delivers 102 compressions per minute at a consistent depth of two inches. 

Training covered how to use, clean and store the device as well as instruction on when to use the device and when not to use it. 

With the LUCAS device, EMTs no longer need to perform manual chest compressions for the entire time they are with a patient in cardiac arrest. This allows EMTs to complete other tasks and provide additional care while with the patient. Performing manual chest compressions for a prolonged time during patient transport can be very tiring and challenging. The LUCAS device reduces the likelihood of EMT fatigue while also ensuring consistent, high-quality chest compressions are delivered to patients.

All Taylor County Ambulances will carry a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System. An additional LUCAS device will be stored at Aspirus Medford Hospital as a back-up and replacement as needed. Having this extra unit available and ready to go at the hospital will allow Taylor County Ambulances to get back into service quickly should another 911 call be received. 

Photo: Taylor County Ambulance crew members place the LUCAS device on EMT Scott Copenhaver to test out how easy it is to use.

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