When a patient goes into cardiac arrest and CPR is required, the licensed staff at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown have a new life-saving tool: a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System by Physio Control. The self-contained, 19-pound device will be put into service in March after all staff are trained.
Funded by community donations to the Chester River Health Foundation, the LUCAS 3 System cost nearly $16,000. “It will add a significant resource to the hospital especially during the evening and night shifts when there isn’t a large pool of additional staff to respond to a cardiac arrest,” says Beverly Greaves, clinical nurse, Chestertown Emergency Department. Greaves has begun training all nursing supervisors, clinical coordinators and Emergency Department staff to use the device.
Photo: Shown during the first LUCAS 3 training are: (seated) Cassandra Price, clinical nurse coordinator, Acute Care and Marjorie Shaffer, clinical nurse, Acute Care; (standing) Justin Harper, lieutenant, Kent County Emergency Services; Rebecca Baxter, administrative supervisor, and Beverly Greaves, clinical nurse, Emergency Department.
“The physical demands for performing CRP under the new standards are exhausting even for the most physically fit person,” Greaves explains. “Staff members are permitted to do manual chest compressions for just two minutes,then another staff member must step in. With the LUCAS 3device, ‘rescuer fatigue’ is no longer a problem as the device performs consistent, repetitive chest compressions for as long as necessary.”
With training, all licensed, CPR-certified staff members – a physicians, a nurse and techs – are permitted to use this life-saving device, with training. Says Greaves, “During a cardiac arrest, it’s a fast-paced environment and resuscitation can run for hours. The LUCAS 3 is a state-of-the-art tool that will help us achieve the best possible outcome for our patients.”
As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.