Device Helps Firefighters Perform CPR in Eden Prairie

Updated: 03/18/2013 2:50 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

A new device is helping Eden Prairie firefighters perform heart resuscitations.

The electronic device, called Lucas 2, performs chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), said Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen. With the help of the device, firefighters can focus on other lifesaving measures.

The device also ensures consistent chest compressions without the worry that first responders will get tired, Esbensen said.

"What this is doing is the chest compressions of CPR," he said. "Eventually, you're going to get tired if you don't have enough responders."

The electronically powered device performs better compressions through a consistent depth and rate, which could result more successful outcomes for the patient, Esbensen said.

Paramedics typically carry the machines, but it's rare for first responders, such as firefighters, to have the devices, Esbensen said. In Eden Prairie, three of the city's four fire stations have them. Esbensen hopes to receive grant funds for another device at the fourth station.

The machines cost $16,000 each. They were paid for with the department's operating funds.

The city's firefighters began using the devices earlier this year.

This week, city officials reported that the fire department received a $5,000 grant from the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium to train the community on what to do if someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest.

Photo contributed by the city of Eden Prairie.