The Eastpointe Fire Department recently took delivery of two LUCAS 3 mechanical chest compression devices created to assist paramedics with CPR at the scene of an emergency or on the way to the hospital.

The Eastpointe Fire Department recently took delivery of two LUCAS 3 mechanical chest compression devices created to assist paramedics with CPR at the scene of an emergency or on the way to the hospital.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Eastpointe paramedics get 2 sets of helping hands

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 9, 2021

 Eastpointe firefighter/paramedic Matt Layer demonstrated the LUCAS 3 system’s operation Aug. 31 and said the equipment is ready to go on the department’s engines.

Eastpointe firefighter/paramedic Matt Layer demonstrated the LUCAS 3 system’s operation Aug. 31 and said the equipment is ready to go on the department’s engines.

Photo by Brian Louwers

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EASTPOINTE — Any paramedic will tell you that performing CPR properly in a lifesaving situation is no easy task. The Eastpointe Fire Department recently took delivery of two devices created to assist paramedics with the procedure at the scene of an emergency, or on the way to the hospital.

Eastpointe Deputy Fire Chief Nick Sage said the LUCAS 3 mechanical chest compression devices, from Stryker Corp., were purchased for $16,000 each.

“We budgeted for the one, and the other one we used ARP funding,” Sage said, referring to funds the city received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a federal COVID-19 stimulus package.

Sage said one device would ride on each of the city’s two paramedic engines.

“What they do is they basically do all the work for you,’’ Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib said. “It’s all programmed. It knows how many compressions to give, the depth of the compressions.”

Rouhib said firefighter/paramedics are required to remain at the scene performing CPR for 30 minutes after the procedure begins.

“That causes a lot of fatigue,” Rouhib said.

He added that the machine provides more consistent, better-quality compressions over the course of the procedure.

“The patient is getting better care. There’s less fatigue for the paramedic. Plus, they can be doing other things to mitigate the emergency,” Rouhib said.

He thanked members of the Eastpointe City Council who unanimously voted to approve the purchase at their meeting Aug. 17.

“They’re very supportive. So far, every piece of equipment that we’ve requested, they have approved,” Rouhib said. “We appreciate it.”

Eastpointe firefighter/paramedic Matt Layer demonstrated the LUCAS 3 system’s operation Aug. 31 and said the equipment is ready to go on the department’s engines.

“It’s definitely labor-intensive,” he said of manually performing CPR. “Anybody who’s done paramedicine in the field knows that working a CPR in a house for 30 minutes, every medic there is going to be tired. It’s labor-intensive, for sure.

“The good thing about it is, as somebody gets tired, they tend to become weaker, things tend to not go as smoothly. With this, it is consistency across the board,” Layer said of the machines.

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