We were pleased to support the Lake of the Woods Rescue Squad’s purchase of a CPR device through one of our Healthy Living 2018 grants.

Please read the article below or on the Culpeper Star Exponent website

September 15, 2018

The Lake of the Woods Rescue Squad recently took steps to improve patient care with the recent receipt of a LUCAS automatic mechanical chest compression system for CPR, according to a news release.

Providing immediate chest compressions is essential for patient survival from cardiac arrest. First responder manual compression is the first line of defense in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but providers can quickly become fatigued.

Automatic mechanical chest compression devices offer the benefits of consistent rate and depth of compression with adequate run times to handle cardiac emergencies including transport to the hospital. Their use can substantially improve patient survival.

The Lake of the Woods Rescue Squad is pleased to have the latest technology for automated chest compression as a result of a generous grant from the Culpeper Wellness Foundation and citizen donations. The generosity of patrons enabled the purchase of two LUCAS Automatic Mechanical Chest Compression Systems. The LUCAS system provides a substantial advance over older technology as it is lighter, and more compact, easier to store and carry, and is simpler for providers to use. This system can be put in place while manual compressions are initiated. Medical research has shown that this LUCAS system provides increased patient survival rates.

The squad has been training with the new device for the past month and has now put the devices on the ambulances resulting in improved care to our neighbors.

CPR device grant

Lake of the Woods Rescue members, from left, Chief Stephen McInnis, Deputy Chief Hooper, First Assistant Chief Moody and Second Assistant Chief Kelley demonstrate the use of the LUCAS system to Culpeper Wellness Foundation President Shari Landry, at right.