(01/03/13) - A new life saving tool is doing a job usually reserved for humans - giving CPR. The device, called LUCAS CPR, is making a big difference right here in Mid-Michigan. There are only two of these systems in Genesee County, and the Sheriff's department has both of them.
Wednesday, the LUCAS brought back a man who collapsed in his driveway. Thursday, it was a 62-year-old's life that was saved. LUCAS CPR has saved 54 lives in Genesee County since the sheriff's department got it in 2011.
The device is placed around the body of an un-responsive victim, then it does CPR compressions with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm, that would be hard for any human to keep up.
American Red Cross instructor, Brian Bristol, says giving compressions only is best for people who have no formal CPR training. With training, 30 compressions, followed by one breath are recommended. That breath is important, despite recent emphasis on more compressions and less breaths. Doing both, Bristol says, increases the odds of rescuing someone.
A key reminder from the Red Cross: Once you establish someone needs CPR, make sure you or someone else calls 911 first, then get going.
Bristol says the key is to start giving compressions as soon as possible. The sooner you start, the better your chance of saving someone's life. Keep it up until help arrives, if you can.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross offers CPR training via the classroom. For more information, visit their website - http://www.redcross.org/courses/index.jsp?_requestid=193447.
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