Published on June 04, 2020

Emergency Department Secures New Life-Saving Equipment

Photo of the MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena Emergency Department with the LUCAS equipment.

Staff in the Alpena Emergency Department receive training on using the LUCAS® system. Pictured left to right: Hilary Coffman M.S.N., R.N., nurse manager, Emergency Department; Adam Heinemann, D.O.; Doug Mayo, R.N., and Ashely Smith, R.N.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena has recently acquired new equipment that will help provide excellent trauma care to patients in its Emergency Department.

The LUCAS® Chest Compression System by Stryker delivers automated chest compressions to patients requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Alpena received one for the Emergency Department and one for the Intensive Care Unit.

The LUCAS® system applies consistent chest compressions to an unresponsive patient at a rate appropriate for the age and size of the patient. It is consistent, cannot tire and increases blood flow to the brain faster than manual compressions. The average time it takes to transition patients from CPR being performed by an individual to the device is only seven seconds.

Photo of the LUCAS Chest Compression System.

Hilary Coffman, M.S.N., R.N., nurse manager, Emergency Department, is pleased to have this equipment on hand. “There are many benefits to working with the LUCAS® system,” she said. “It is great for any patient who needs CPR as it ensures optimal chest compressions at all times. It also reduces the number of staff members needed, allowing us more space in which to work efficiently. Because it’s hands free, it gives us the ability to attend to other emergent needs of a patient – including underlying causes for the cardiac arrest –while it administers high-quality compressions.”

Photos of the LUCAS Chest Compression System.

An additional advantage to securing this equipment is a timely one; by reducing the amount of staff needed in a room or transport vehicle, it will help minimize exposure if COVID-19 is present.

The department also received a new temporary pacemaker. The transvenous pacemaker is used on a patient whose heart cannot beat quickly enough on its own to get the proper levels of blood and oxygen to all parts of the body. The temporary item will continue working for the patient as long as needed until a permanent pacemaker can be placed.