Feel-Good Friday

Today’s Feel-Good Friday post will again feature the United Kingdom, after they created a robotic machine which can implement CPR, allowing medics to perform other life-saving measures.

For the very first time, an automaton has been made that can perform the life-saving chest compression—a vital part of sustaining oxygen flow through the body during cardiac arrest. Called the LUCAS-3, its performance of CPR will free up paramedic hands for other tasks, which could be essential for ensuring patient survival.

The South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) will be the first one to receive the robot, which costs £12,000 ($17,000), for their servicing of Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire. The SCAS Charity funded the purchasing of 28 for the purpose of equipping their ambulances.

An SCAS spokesman said: “Once paramedics arrive and begin CPR or take over from bystanders who may have initiated it, the transition from manual compressions to LUCAS can be completed within seven seconds, ensuring continuity of compressions.”

CPR is not an easy task, especially if you need to do it over a period of time. LUCAS-3 allows humans to take a break and resumes the CPR for as long as necessary. This is a big deal, and will likely save many lives in the future.

6 thoughts on “Feel-Good Friday

  1. I need one of these in my house since I’m an old fart. As for me, I don’t know what it tells you, but all the people I ever have done CPR on croaked. Mostly, they were already dead, but I tried anyway.

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  2. These have been around for a long time, Wyatt. We have two LUCAS2 devices and they are the best money we ever spent. I think we bought them in 2017, if my memory is right. And no, I can’t remember what upgrades they made from the 2 to the 3, and I am too lazy to look them up (other than an extra $3,000).

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  3. RG – Never had the opportunity. Medic units were usually there before we got the call.

    CJB – Good to know they’re over here, too.

    Mike AKA Proof – You don’t need CPR…

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