(Photo From the Dwight Fire Protection Unit)

Beginning March 1st 2021 Dwight Fire and Dwight EMS will have a new life saving tool to greatly increase saving lives during a cardiac arrest.

The LUCAS device is an easy-to-use mechanical chest compression device that helps lifesaving teams around the world deliver high-quality, guidelines-consistent chest compressions to sudden cardiac arrest patients; in the field, on the move and in the hospital.

The Dwight Fire and EMS members have trained on the use of this device along with a Cardiac Arrest Management Program (CAMP) to provide the utmost care to the community. The CAMP program is a program that outlines a timed and standard of care provided through Morris Hospital and our EMS Regional Standards. The program is being used across the nation and has proven to greatly increase survivability and much better outcomes for those that do survive.

Greater than 99% of the survivors treated with the LUCAS device had a good neurological outcome during their 6 month follow up at a cardiologist. This device nearly doubles the chance of the return of a patient's heart beating in the field without any assistance.

The LUCAS device works very consistently providing a precise rate and depth of compressions which is immensely better than manual CPR. Manual CPR is very physically demanding and requires several medical providers to rotate positions. So the LUCAS device will greatly assist by freeing up room and manpower to focus on other life saving tasks needed during a cardiac arrest.