UNION, NJ – Union’s Fire Department demonstrated some new life-saving equipment on Tuesday at its headquarters.

“Union firefighters are on the cutting edge of technology in giving the best possible outcome in cardiac care to the patients we deal with,” said Chief Tom Byrne.

The Lucas CPR Chest Compression System is a safe and efficient tool that standardizes chest compressions when someone has suffered cardiac arrest. It provides the same quality compressions, is not effected by transporting conditions, rescue fatigue or the experience level of the caregiver. The device frees rescuers to focus on other lifesaving tasks. 

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A re-enactment took place at the firehouse, simulating care of a 52-year-old male in cardiac arrest.  Firefighters began CPR with chest compression and breathes administered to the patient.

A Laerdal CPR meter, also new to the department, was used to immediately evaluate the quality of CPR being delivered.  This can help reassure that optimal CPR has been delivered by the health care provider. 

“This ensures that we’re doing the most effective, high-quality CPR possible,” said Paramedic Sarah Bartiromo. “It judges to ensure we are pressing to an adequate depth in the chest and also making sure we’re coming up off the chest the way we should so the heart can fill with blood.”

Bartiromo continued, “During training, we all go in with the intention of doing CPR correctly. You’re just not always sure that you are. This device provides immediate feedback.”

Next during the simulation, the Lucas CPR Chest Compression System took over administering standardized chest compression to the patient.  The Lucas CPR device can be applied to a patient in less than 20 seconds.  Uninterrupted CPR, combined with early defibrillation is essential to improve patient survival.

“The faster CPR is put in place and the faster any kind of defibrillation can occur has the best outcome for the patient,” said Bartiromo. 

Bartiromo explained that no matter how young or fit you are, after two minutes of providing high-quality CPR, a caregiver begins to disintegrate with ability and skill.  “This device takes away some of those issues.  No more provider fatigue.”

“The most important part of any cardiac arrest and getting people back to a neurologically functioning state, post-arrest, is compression and early access to CPR,” said firefighter Henry Sisbarro.  “As you put the Lucas on the patient, you eliminate any human error and makes it safer to lift and move a patient into an ambulance during compression.”

“We are always looking at how we can best use our dollars and cents in service to the community,” said Chief Byrne. “Our firefighters are always looking for new technology, what can make us service our community better. These devices offer the absolute best in patient outcomes for cardiac arrests.”