Howard Young Foundation purchases chest compression systems

(Woodruff, Wis.) – In an effort to continually improve the quality of care in the Northwoods, the Howard Young Foundation recently purchased two LUCAS™2 chest compression system devices for the emergency medical services (EMS) departments at Howard Young Medical Center and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

The LUCAS™2 chest compression system is an automatic CPR device that enhances blood flow and helps provide a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain while a person is in cardiac arrest. This device removes the need for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), nurses or providers to perform manual chest compressions during CPR, which can be both difficult and tiring.

The LUCAS™2 device provides 100 percent correct compression and decompression times, replacing the need to rotate CPR rescuers every two minutes. By doing this, the device frees up rescuers so they can focus on other life-saving tasks and creates new rescue opportunities. The LUCAS™2 device is powered by a rechargeable battery that can last between 30-45 minutes. The device is housed in ambulances but can easily be transferred into a hospital for a cardiac arrest situation.

“This device allows us to treat patients using the latest life-saving technology,” said Mark Dascalos, manager of patient care services. “We want to thank the Howard Young Foundation and its donors for the significant gifts that led to the purchase of this state-of-the-art technology. These devices are a great benefit for the EMS department as well as our cardiac arrest patients here in the Northwoods.”

The Howard Young Foundation has a long and rich history of supporting emergency services at their hospitals. In 2013 the Foundation’s year-end appeal was dedicated to the purchase of the two LUCAS™2 devices and with the help of their generous donors, the Foundation was able to cover the $24,000 cost. This important technology will be instrumental in helping the EMS department achieve its goals to improve the care and potentially the survival rate of patients who suffer cardiac arrest.

In March of 2014, the first LUCAS™2 device arrived and was placed into service. In early April, the second LUCAS™2 device arrived and was deployed as well. Both the Howard Young Medical Center and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital ambulances have one in service.

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