First Responders Get Five New CPR Machines
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Last year Lexington firefighters and paramedics responded to hundreds of suspected heart attacks, often taking turns administering CPR to keep the person alive until they reached the emergency room. Now in more cases than ever, they’ll be able to turn that assignment over to a machine.
What you’re hearing is a state of the art, Lucas 2 Chest Compression device being used by Lexington Emergency personnel. The life saving equipment will be more readily available for heart attack victims thanks to federal funds from the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, or CSEPP. The city has been using one unit for a couple of years and according to Battalion Chief Joe Best, the Lucas 2 frees up paramedics to perform other vital tasks in code blue situations.
"The back of the truck is still a very hectic environment but this enables us to reduce some of the effort and to concentrate on the technical or exquisite aspects of patient care."
Best says taking turns administering vigorous rounds of CPR has a tendency to tire out even the youngest and best conditioned paramedics fairly quickly. Each Lucas 2 unit costs about $16,000, and first responders now have six whenever they need them.