MVHC Receives LUCAS 2

April 29, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Health/Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, on behalf of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust recently provided Minnesota Valley Health Center (MVHC) a LUCAS 2 mechanical CPR device.  Staff members from MVHC were given in-depth training on using the device to provide critical life-saving treatment during a cardiac arrest.

Known as an automated chest compression device, the Physio-Control LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System is a mechanical CPR device that allows medical personnel to perm hands-free, consistent, and uninterrupted CPR while attending to their patient’s other needs.  Additional benefits include the ability to use the device in conjunction with an AED device which allows for rhythm reestablishment during a cardiac arrest, eliminating rescuer fatigue associated with manual CPR, and decreasing risk of injury to medical personnel during transport.

“This device will allow our medical staff to care for our patients more efficiently and more safely.  It will greatly improve the care that we are able to provide to our patients,” said Kim Putz, Director of Nursing at the MVHC Hospital.  The MVHC hospital staff is fully trained on the LUCAS device and will put it into use immediately.

Every year, more than 380,000 cardiac arrests occur in the United States.  Cardiac arrests are often mistakenly referred to as a heart attack.  Unlike a heart attack, however, where blockage within a coronary artery stops blood flow to the heart muscle, causing damage or death to the muscle tissue, a cardiac arrest occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions, disrupting or stopping the heart’s rhythm.  Disruption in the rhythm causes the heart’s pumping ability to decrease, resulting in little to no blood flow to the brain, lungs, and other vital organs.  Without intervention, a cardiac arrest victim will die within minutes of an occurrence.

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