Automatic Chest Compressor System
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Now it is world of modern technology and so is with medicine. Technology has deep penetration in medical field and has improved patient care and patient outcome. From a simple thermometer to huge medical equipment are shaping and bringing accuracy and ease to medical professionals.
Idea of Automated chest compressor was presented by a Norwegian Paramedics after seeing a resuscitation attempt on a patient during transport on stretcher. He Approached Professor Stig Steen of LUND university hospital, Sweden to overcome limitations of manual CPR by making automated chest compressor.
A series of experimental studies carried out & Engineers worked to design a device which should be a friendly user, powerful and reliable yet easy to carry, apply and manage in stressful situations of cardiac arrest.
LUCAS is name given to a CPR device which was used first time in 2003 in Sweden Ambulance with name LUCAS 1. It was appreciated immediately as it freed up hands, reduced the chaos around the patient and increased safety when providing CPR in a moving ambulance.
A 2nd generation battery operated LUCAS was launched globally in 2009. Currently 3rd Generation LUCAS is available in Market which was launched in 2016.
Some important Benefits of automated Chest Compressor use in Medicine
• Delivers guidelines-consistent high quality chest compression at recommended rate & depth while allowing for chest recoil.
• Fewer interruptions compared to manual CPR, leading to higher compression ratio and increased blood flow to brain.
• Higher ETCO2 values, compared to manual CPR, indicative of higher chances of ROSC.
• Manual CPR in Cath Lab setting, during fluoroscopy or intervention is always challenging. LUCAS has made it easy, comfort and as per guidelines.
• Frees up care givers to focus on other tasks.
• Calms the event and reduces stress by eliminating the need to manage a compression rotation schedule.
• Overcomes care giver fatigue by providing guidelines – consistent chest compressions for multiple hours if required.
• Allows hands free high quality CPR during patient transportation.
• Rescues can avoid awkward and dangerous situations during patient transportation.
• Potential to reduce CPR related injuries to CPR providers.