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Puckett Ambulance Service demonstrates the Lucas CPR device for county commissioners at last Thursday’s regular monthly meeting. Shown are Dan Odom, Anne Ervin VP of Operations, and Puckett owner Steve Puckett. The device is now available in Dade County for use with cardiac arrest patients.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


Puckett Ambulance Service announced at Thursday night’s County Commission Meeting that Medic 92 is now equipped with a Lucas CPR device.

Anne Ervin, Vice President Operations Puckett Ambulance Service Georgia and Tennessee, made the announcement and stated the money for the device came from an $11,000 Georgia Trauma Grant awarded to Puckett Ambulance Service.

Puckett Ambulance Service owner Steve Puckett, also present at the meeting, designated all the funds to go towards the purchase of the unit for service in Dade County.

The Lucas device is a safe and efficient tool that standardizes chest compression in accordance with the latest scientific guidelines.

It was pointed out that performing manual chest compressions of high quality is both difficult and tiring, and impossible in certain situations. Also, the quality varies and deteriorates quickly after only a couple of minutes.

The Lucas device provides the same quality for all patients and over time, independent of transport conditions, rescuer fatigue, or variability in the experience level of the caregivers. It also frees up rescuers to focus on other life-saving tasks and creates new rescue opportunities.

Studies show that the mechanically controlled Lucas compressions are able to sustain a higher blood flow to the brain and heart compared to manual compressions. This results in a higher survival rate for cardiac arrest patients.

The device is lightweight and portable and a solution to maintain circulation in cardiac arrest patients and improves the survival rate of those patients.

The device will be available for use on any unit in Dade County should the need arise.


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