Approximately a third of the SCA patients have ventricular fibrillation on their first ECG and can be treated with defibrillation. Research has shown that defibrillation is most successful during the first 3-4 minutes, which practically means that a defibrillator needs to be close at hand when the cardiac arrest occurs.
Unfortunately only a tiny proportion of cardiac arrests can be defibrillated during these vital first few minutes. Therefore for those patients with a response time of over 5 minutes, as well as the other two thirds of the SCA patients, CPR is the only treatment.
In order to be able to save the lives of cardiac arrest victims and avoid neurological damage, a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain is needed. Sufficient circulation can only be created through effective and uninterrupted chest compressions.
The LUCAS device is easy to handle, provides 100 chest compressions per minute with a depth of ~5 cm. It frees personnel to attend to other tasks and CPR will be efficient even during transport. In order to save more lives, CPR must be carried out in a quality-assured way – LUCAS CPR.
LUCAS™ is CE marked, has a 510k clearance for marketing in the US, and several international registrations.