Paramedics train with the LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System.

Lifesaving CPR Technology for Cardiac Arrest Patients

The LUCAS™2 Chest Compression System fully automates CPR that is faster and more effective than when administered manually.

Every year, more than 480,000 Americans suffer an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.  Sadly, only five percent survive. However, thanks to an innovative new technology, the LUCAS™2 Chest Compression System, many more lives can be saved.  The LUCAS™2 device, which is a lightweight, portable tool that can be used by EMTs and other emergency medical responders, delivers automated and guidelines-consistent chest compressions that improve blood flow and the delivery of oxygen to the brain and enable better circulation of vital lifesaving drugs for cardiac victims. 

This brief video offers real-life profiles of how the LUCAS™2 system was used to treat cardiac patients and save lives.

Research shows that, when delivered manually, the effectiveness of CPR drops quickly -- often after only a minute -- as the rescuer becomes fatigued.  Unlike humans, the LUCAS™2 system delivers uninterrupted chest compressions that are precise in rate and depth, which improves the patient's survival prospects.  And once administered, the LUCAS™2 operates independently, enabling medical personnel to address any other injuries or conditions the patient may have or to tend to others in multiple trauma emergencies.

Through separate grants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided more than 2,000 LUCAS™2 devices to ambulances and hospitals across seven states, serving more than 13 million people and representing the most expansive use of this innovative new technology in the nation.