LUCAS Mechanical CPR Device in NHS Tayside

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Senior resuscitation officer Michael Clark, consultant cardiologist Dr Peter Currie and senior charge nurse Allison Toolan

NHS Tayside has recently been donated three Mechanical CPR LUCAS devices from Tayside CPR Committee.

These devices are proven to be of benefit when managing a patient in a prolonged cardiac arrest or when transferring a patient whilst chest compressions are required. These devices are currently available to patients in the pre hospital setting from Scottish Ambulance Service and we are delighted that this intervention can now be delivered on both Ninewells and PRI sites.

The LUCAS devices will be of enormous benefit to both the patient and the in-hospital Cardiac Arrest Team. By maintaining high quality mechanical chest compressions throughout a prolonged cardiac arrest the risk of myocardial and cerebral hypoxia would subsequently be reduced. Prolonged resuscitation can result in manual CPR being delivered for between 60-90 minutes by members of the Cardiac Arrest team. Once a decision is made to deploy LUCAS, appropriately trained staff can set up and put in place the system swiftly.

Christine Freel, Senior Nurse for Cardiology Services said “thanks to the generosity of the CPR Committee we now have the technology and the tools to offer advanced, safe and effective resuscitation for our patients. This equipment is beneficial to the patient and the team. Great advancements for our service- exciting times!!”

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Senior nurse Christine Freel and senior charge nurse Stacy Teviotdale

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