The Minonk Ambulance Squad has acquired a Lucas Device that is an automated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device that provides consistent rates and depths of CPR. The unit cost $16,000 and was funded through a GoFundMe web page, a pancake breakfast and draw down at Crank's and private donations. The device provides better CPR than manual CPR since it is very exhausting to manually keep up the resuscitation at a constant rate. It is estimated that it is 60% more efficient than manual CPR. It takes less than a minute to set up the device to do CPR and frees up EMTs to do other tasks.
The Minonk Ambulance EMT's Kathy Seanard and Sean Greenhalgh provided a demonstration of how the devices works as shown below.
The orange cradle shown above is placed underneath the patient and then the Lucas device is placed on the patient's chest and clamped to the orange cradle.
Above is a demonstration of how the device is placed on the patient. The patient's arms are strapped to the device to keep the patient from disrupting the operation of the device.
The monitor on top of the device contains controls to adjust the depth and intensity of the pulsation based on the size and age of the patient.
The device is stored in a container shown above and can be easily transported as a back pack to remote locations where CPR is needed. The device contains a rechargeable battery and can be recharged with a charging unit in the ambulance. It weighs about 18 pounds.
Below is a video showing the device at work. Click the bottom left arrow button to play.