From Manual to Mechanical - Major Advancements in CPR Technology
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, drastically increases the survival rate during a sudden cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death in adults in the United States.
For 23 years, First Response Inc. has trained thousands and thousands of employers and employees on CPR/AED and first aid, as well as fire extinguisher use and confined space safety and emergency care. Putting the confidence to respond to life-threatening emergencies in the hands of employees creates a safe workplace, and is the difference between a tragedy and saving a life.
Since the CEO Dan Corrigan founded First Response Inc. all those years ago, there have already been multiple updates and advancements to CPR first aid and training. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1990s that defibrillators were placed in public areas, and public training programs for CPR/AEDs were implemented. In 2008 the American Heart Association stated bystanders no longer need to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and recommend using Hands-Only CPR to help an adult who suddenly collapses. And now, after decades of development, LUCAS CPR Technology was engineered to bring life-saving efforts to an even more advanced, technological level, across the globe.
Developed by Swedish Professor, Stig Steen, the Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System (LUCAS) is a mechanical chest compression device that is fitted to the patient in arrest, and keeps steady compressions on the patient’s chest while in transport.
The benefits of the LUCAS system are astounding. It delivers safe, effective chest compressions with the proper depth and rate, with less interruptions than Hands-Only CPR procedures. It’s been shown to create 20% more blood flow to the brain compared to manual CPR. It nearly eliminates on-the-job back pain in nurses and ambulance officers which is caused by manual CPR in transit, and once received at the hospital. The LUCAS also allows for ALL ambulance and safety officers to be restrained in the back of the ambulance, saving them from injury and death in the case of an ambulance crash.
Dan Corrigan states, “First Response sets your employees’ safety as a top priority and we only utilize experienced, professional firefighters to instruct our seminars.” Whether in the field, or in the office, safety training is crucial to ensure quick, effective response time in emergencies.