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Lucas 2, another lifesaver, arrives at RIH

Firefighters' donation adds another critical tool
July 22, 2016 9:52 A.M.

Lucas 2 has arrived at RIH, the latest lifesaving device for cardiac patients.

The new chest compression system, donated by Kamloops Fire Fighters Charitable Society, was put to use Friday in a demonstration at the hospital with firefighters from Engine 1.

Lucas 2 is a compact, easily transportable, lightweight, safe and efficient tool that standardizes chest compressions in accordance with the latest scientific guidelines. The system removes the risk of human fatigue, provides the same quality for all patients and removes any variability due to the experience level of the caregiver. 

"Manual chest compressions can be difficult and tiring, and sometimes even impossible in certain situations" said Heidi Coleman, CEO of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. "The Lucas 2 is capable of maintaining a consistent compression rate and will free up medical teams, allowing them to focus on other lifesaving tasks at hand." 

The foundation expressed gratitude for the support they’ve received over the years from the Fire Fighters Charitable Society. 

“Working as a team to improve all aspects of healthcare in our region is a mission we are both passionate about and we look forward to partnering on in the future. 

"We are also looking forward to this years firefighters calendar. The funds raised this year will be used to help renovate 1 South.”

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