Technology | Resuscitation Devices | April 27, 2018

Physio-Control Launches Newest Version of LUCAS Chest Compression System

Version 3.1 provides new capabilities for tailored setup functionality, wireless reporting and asset status notifications

Physio-Control Launches Newest Version of LUCAS Chest Compression System

April 27, 2018 — Physio-Control, now part of Stryker, announced its newest version of the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System, version 3.1. The latest version provides new capabilities for tailored device functionality, wireless reporting and device status notifications sent over email.

LUCAS is an external mechanical device that delivers uninterrupted automatic chest compressions at a rate and depth that are consistent with current American Heart Association (AHA) and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

LUCAS helps provide high-quality compressions in situations where manual CPR may be dangerous or challenging for providers, such as when performing CPR in a moving ambulance. The device enhances medical providers’ safety by enabling rescuers to sit and wear seatbelts during ambulance or helicopter transport, rather than manually providing compressions in a moving vehicle or aircraft.

The latest LUCAS 3.1 version allows professional users to tailor setup options for compression rate/depth, pauses, alerts, timer and ventilation features to meet local emergency care protocols. LUCAS 3.1 now includes Wi-Fi connectivity with a LIFENET System account to enable users to set up device readiness notifications, modify setup options and transmit device reports wirelessly to users over email when not in clinical use. Users can set automatic email reports to facilitate post-event reviews and device management reports on battery expiration dates, last service date and device maintenance.

Physio-Control said the latest version 3.1 of LUCAS grants emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital response teams more flexibility to support local care protocols, allowing them to concentrate on making real-time, critical decisions during a cardiac event.

The LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System, version 3.1 received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance in February 2018.

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