Pa. agency gets new mechanical chest compressor
The LUCAS System delivers automated, consistent, uninterrupted automated chest compressions
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Saving lives is something the New Holland Ambulance Association takes seriously. The group's efforts to provide extraordinary medical service to the community received a boost on Jan. 16 when the state-of-the-art LUCAS Chest Compression System was put into service.
"New Holland stands out as the first BLS (basic life support) ambulance agency in Pennsylvania to receive approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to carry the cutting-edge technology," said Dr. Michael Reihart, regional medical director with the Emergency Health Services Federation Inc. in New Cumberland.
Reihart, also on staff at Lancaster General Hospital Emergency Department, commended the eastern Lancaster County association for working tirelessly to complete the lengthy, complicated administrative process necessary to acquire approval. The LUCAS System, Reihart said, delivers automated, consistent, uninterrupted automated chest compressions at the rate of 100 per minute to deliver vital oxygen to the brain during a cardiac arrest. And that increases a patient's chance for a successful outcome.
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