The Kent & Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad recently placed two new lifesaving devices in service on both front-line ambulances. The Lucas II is an automated CPR device that has grown in popularity over the last several years in the EMS industry. It ensures consistent, appropriate depth chest compressions to patients suffering cardiac arrest. While the chances of survival for this type of situation are dependent on recognition, early activation of 911 and EMS resources, and early CPR, this device can play a major role in resuscitating someone in cardiac arrest.
Another important feature is that it eliminates provider fatigue while performing chest compressions. The Lucas II is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts 45 minutes and comes with a spare battery and a power adapter if the need arises. Each device is approximately $15,000 and was purchased with funding from the Senator William Amoss “508” grant. Our members have completed the training on the new devices and both are now in service on the ambulances.