Clarinda, IA | June 27, 2018 – The LUCAS chest compression system was donated recently to the CRHC EMS Department with grant money made possible by a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association and the Leona & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

CRHC EMS Director Ryan Adams says LUCAS costs approximately $15,000 and a total of 394 devices were awarded nationwide. Adams adds, “LUCAS is designed to help rural departments, with extended transport times, use precision compression on patients during transport.”

Adams says that prior to taking delivery of LUCAS last week, two members of his department certified in a train the trainer class.  Sarah Solt and Sandy McIntyre attended the class and trained the entire CRHC EMS department on June 21st. LUCAS was put into service that very same night following the training.

On Monday night, June 25th, Craig Marshall and Hunter Crawford demonstrated LUCAS for the CRHC Board of Trustees during the education segment of their monthly meeting.

Adams says the department is grateful to receive LUCAS and stated, “The design of LUCAS gives our staff members more flexibility to administer other medical interventions while LUCAS provides consistently precise compressions for patients in cardiac arrest.  We are thankful for all who helped us through this long grant selection process.”