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Decatur Fire and Rescue demonstrate life-saving technology

Decatur Fire and Rescue crews have been using the LUCAS device since late February. Decatur Fire and Rescue crews have been using the LUCAS device since late February.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Crews with Decatur Fire and Rescue have some life saving technology they showed off to the Burning Tree Community Thursday evening.  They have been using the LUCAS device since late February, and now they are trying to make the tool a permanent fixture in the city. 

"This device can allow a dramatic increase in the quality of chest compressions," said Lt. Ted McKelvey, EMS Coordinator for the Decatur Fire Department. "With the LUCAS device, we found that our effectiveness of hands-on CPR has increased in our studies so far." 

McKelvey said the American Heart Association calls for 100 compressions a minute when performing traditional CPR.  This device provides the correct rate and amount of chest compressions for a patient to survive.

"Right now, the national average is about 8 percent, so we are looking at about a 6 to 7 percent jump if everything works in the favor of the patient. The pit crew CPR in itself has already increased the number of returns that we are getting pre hospital to about 50 percent.  Now, that is not discharged home, that is not in survivability. That is just while we are dealing with a patient that they regain a pulse and can breathe on their own and increase their chance of survival," said McKelvey.

Next week, the device will go back to the manufacturer and crews will continue their study to see if they can get a LUCAS machine for Decatur.  Huntsville EMS crews have two LUCAS machines.

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