(WDEF) Chief Danny Lawson of Bradley County EMS said, "Our goal is to prolong quality of life, maintain life"
Now the department has a new tool to save lives: the Lucas 2 state-of-the-art CPR device. Chief Lawson explained, "CPR's always been a difficult scenario because a person's clinically dead and time is an enemy."
Paramedic Training Officer Sonny Hayes showed how it works. He explained, "It's that simple. Very quick. And that's the goal. Get it to the patient quickly. Get it in use as quickly as possible."
Lawson added, "It's kind of like a well pump. Once you establish prime and the fluid's been circulated, then you're able to keep that circulation. But if you stop CPR, you lose the prime and have to reestablish that circulation. It'll be a great asset for us."
Bradley County began researching the life saving tool after the Memphis Fire Department reported success with its own Lucas 2. He said, "So far we've had good success. Good reviews from the paramedics."
Chief Lawson says manual CPR is typically only 60% effective, but the Lucas 2 is far superior. He said, "All of the patients that we've placed it on the device would generate a blood pressure, whereas with manual CPR that's not possible. So every opportunity is given to that patient to revive and be resuscitated."
But right now the department only has one unit.
Chief Lawson said, "Our goal or this coming year is to place one on each station, not each ambulance but on each station, so each community would have one available."
The year after that Chief Lawson would like to see a Lucas 2 on each ambulance.
Lawson said, "We have the trained personnel, but its an expensive undertaking."
Each Lucas 2 unit costs about $14,000.