RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has a new device it's using to assist with cardiac arrest patients.
Emergency responders often have to rotate after two minutes when performing chest compressions to avoid fatigue. Now, TMFPD crews have a tool that will free up firefighters to carry out other life-saving measures, like securing an airway or administering an IV. The new device, called LUCAS, is electrically powered and performs automatic chest compressions.
TMFPD Captain Derek Reid says a major benefit to having the machine is it provides consistent pressure, which helps provide higher blood flow to the brain and heart with little interruption.
The new equipment was announced in January 2016, and as of December 29, TMFPD says it's being used in all its trucks.
The previous cardiac monitors will be moved to brush engines to allow for Advanced Life Support care during wildfire responses.