Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. is proud to announce the purchase of three LUCAS™2 Chest Compression Systems from Physio-Control, Inc. on November 19, 2014. The LUCAS™2 is a state-of-the-art device designed to deliver effective and uninterrupted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patients suffering from cardiac arrest. Once applied and activated, the LUCAS™2 automatically delivers near-perfect chest compressions to patients, allowing healthcare providers to perform other life-saving measures.
According to the American Heart Association, chest compressions are one of the most important parts of CPR. When properly performed, uninterrupted chest compressions can deliver vital blood flow to the brain and organs, increasing the chances of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). Current AHA guidelines recommend a depth of two inches per compression and a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute. The LUCAS™2 is designed and programmed to perform textbook perfect chest compressions according to the current AHA guidelines.
As a non-profit organization, Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. relies on funds donated during the annual fund drive to purchase such specialized equipment. As a result, the LUCAS™2 devices were purchased with funds graciously donated by the residents and businesses of Fort Lee, NJ. Because the LUCAS™2 is such a specialized and expensive device, emergency medical service agencies are not mandated to utilize them by the State of New Jersey. However, Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. hopes to give back to the community by providing the highest quality of care with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
"We are incredibly grateful to the residents and businesses of Fort Lee who have enabled us to purchase this state-of-the-art life-saving equipment," said Chief Catherine Umrichin. "We are all very excited to see how the LUCAS™2 will improve patient outcomes." Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. plans to deploy these devices in the field beginning January 21, 2015.