Chief Jenifer Collins-Brown reports that the Topsfield Fire Department has placed it’s newly acquired LUCAS 3 mechanical CPR device into service. Thanks to a combination of the generous support of the citizens of the Town of Topsfield at Town Meeting and private donations, we were able to purchase this important piece of equipment. LUCAS has been a vital part of every recent successful cardiac arrest resuscitation in Topsfield. In particular we would like to thank Ms. Nancy Luther for her tireless passion and energy for providing the best cardiac care for our community. Ms. Luther has spearheaded several fund raisers to improve the cardiac care provided by the Topsfield Fire Department through private donations. We are eternally grateful for her ongoing support. “The Topsfield Fire Department’s commitment to deliver the highest level pre-hospital medical care to the community is evident by our continual advancement to use the latest technology to achieve those goals,” Jen Collins-Brown Fire Chief said.
For over 15 years, the LUCAS Chest Compression System has been helping lifesaving teams around the world deliver high-quality, chest compressions for adults experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. LUCAS is an external mechanical device that delivers uninterrupted automatic chest compressions at a rate and depth that are consistent with current American Heart Association (AHA) for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The LUCAS 3 is the second device of its nature that TFD has implemented in it’s response arsenal, having accepted a donation of a LUCAS 2 a few years ago from private donations raised by the Topsfield Firefighters Relief Association, a 501c3.
LUCAS helps provide high-quality compressions in situations where manual CPR may be dangerous or challenging for providers, such as when performing CPR in a moving ambulance or on stairs and in hallways where space is limited and CPR would typically be halted or done ineffectively. The device enhances medical providers’ safety by enabling rescuers to sit and wear seat belts during ambulance transport, rather than manually providing compressions in a moving vehicle. This latest version of the LUCAS family of compression devices provides upgraded ergonomic carrying options and Bluetooth capable recording technology for quality assurance in medical training. After the LUCAS 3 is used on a patient whether successfully resuscitated or not, information on how many times the device was stopped and for how long can be downloaded for training purposes. Each new cycle of AHA CPR recommendations focuses more and more on excellent quality compressions that are consistent and uninterrupted as the most important aspect of CPR for the patient to have positive outcome and live to see another day.