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GRHS emergency department receives LUCAS 2 CPR device through grant

The Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) emergency department recently received a physio-control LUCAS 2 mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device through a grant administered by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.
With funding from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, MDH provided the LUCAS 2 device to all the rural Minnesota hospitals and ambulances services that previously did not have one. The grant also provided training for staff at GRHS and other rural hospitals to use the device to deliver life-saving treatment to patients who are suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
LUCAS 2 is an automated chest compression device that enables medical personnel to perform hands-free, consistent and uninterrupted CPR while attending to the patient’s other needs during a sudden cardiac arrest. For example, an automated external defibrillator (AED) may be used to deliver a shock to the heart to re-establish a normal heart rhythm. The LUCAS 2 device can be used in conjunction with an AED.
According to Mitch Palmer, medical doctor and medical director of the GRHS emergency department, research data suggests that mechanical CPR is more effective than manual CPR. For example, the LUCAS 2 device compresses the chest as in manual CPR, but it also performs “active decompression,” which manual CPR does not.
For more, see the Feb. 1 print edition of The Chronicle.