This week, all shifts (A, B and C) received training on a new piece of EMS equipment called the Lucas 2. Georgetown County bought three total units, one for Midway Fire Rescue and two for Georgetown County Fire/EMS.
The Lucas 2 is a chest compression system that is safe and an efficient tool that standardises chest compressions in accordance with the latest scientific guidelines. In order to be able to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients and avoid neurological damage, a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain is necessitated. Life-sustaining circulation can be created through effective and uninterrupted chest compressions. Performing manual chest compressions of high quality is both difficult and tiring, and impossible in certain situations. The quality varies depending on who provides CPR and deteriorates quickly after only one, two minutes. The LUCAS device is easy to carry and handle, and can be applied to the patient with interruptions of manual compressions of less than 20 seconds.
Midway Fire Rescue is excited to place this piece of equipment in service.