Critical Care Paramedic and training officer Lewis Merriman demonstrates how to use the new Lucas 2 device. From left to right are Frank Abel - paramedic, Lewis Merriman - training officer, Jade Lockhart - paramedic, Nicky Norwood - EMT.
A new life-saving device is being used by Bradley County EMS. The Lucas 2 is a state-of-the-art device that is used during CPR situations. It is designed to actually do high quality chest compressions on a patient when emergency personnel determine that a person has no heart beat and is not breathing.
Once the Lucas device is put into place, paramedics do not have to worry about doing chest compressions and can concentrate on doing other tasks for the patient.
“The key to a successful resuscitation begins with high quality CPR” Stan Clark, Bradley County EMS. The very first person that Bradley County used the new device on was successfully revived and is doing well. “The survival rates of coming back to life after being clinically dead is very low to begin with. It is exciting to see the advancements in technology and how the chances of survival are increased.”
Bradley County EMS currently has one Lucas device and hopes to eventually acquire enough of them to have on every ambulance.
“Our goal is to at least have one available on each station and eventually on every ambulance. Once these goals are reached, then each community will have a Lucas 2 device available in the event of a CPR response,” said Danny Lawson, EMS Chief.