Emergency medical research conducted over the past several years has resulted in changes to how cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is delivered. Delivery of non-stop, rapid (100-120 per minute) chest compressions are recognized as the most important procedure for helping to restart the heart of a patient in cardiac arrest. To assure that these compressions are delivered consistently – even when the patient is being moved up and down stairs or in and out of the ambulance – use of a mechanical compression device is recognized as the best method for delivering consistent, high quality and uninterrupted cardiac compressions.
Using funds donated from our recent fund drive, Westfield Fire Department has invested $14,900 to acquire the Physio Control Lucas 2 mechanical compression device. Our members have completed training on how to best integrate this device with manual compressions and our automatic electronic defibrillator to offer patients the highest possible chance for survival. This training was conducted in compliance with protocols established by Middlesex Hospital. The device was put into service in early July 2016.