Greater Pittston Ambulance welcomes LUCAS


First Posted: 4/11/2013

Meet LUCAS.

He’ll soon be riding along on all Greater Pittston Ambulance Association calls and he may save your life.

Michael Lombardo, a member of the ambulance crew, explained the associated received several cardiac arrest calls on Easter Sunday and were assisted by Geisinger’s medic unit.

That unit is one of only a few in the area that use the LUCAS Chest Compression System, a state-of-the-art automatic CPR unit.

The principle is simple: the device delivers even, uninterrupted chest compressions while medics are free to attend to the patient’s other needs.

Such chest compressions, when performed by a human, become tiresome after 1-2 minutes.

“This is state-of-the art equipment, and probably the biggest technological advance in pre-hospital care in decades,” Lombardo. “When I saw that, I knew we needed those aboard our ambulances.”

Lombardo said the device is simply strapped to the chest of the patient and it does all the work.

“Our people were so impressed with the results that we decided that we have no choice but to invest in this equipment,” Lombardo said. “We owe it to our people to give them the greatest chance at survival, and this equipment does just that. The statistics in terms of survivability with the use of these devices are amazing.”

There are very few EMS units in tje area that use these devices.

The cost for both units is $26,600. Lombardo said he hopes local businesses can help defray the cost. “How can you even put a price on something like this?” he asked. “We would be greatly increasing the odds of survivability for our patients.”

Lombardo said individuals or businesses willing to help the association purchase the devices are urged to call headquarters at 654-1202.

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