Automatic heart-massage devices are now being installed in all Magen David Adom mobile intensive-care units.
The Automatic Cardiac Compression Device, also known as LUCAS-3, will allow emergency treatment without the need for direct manual stimulation of the heart by MDA personnel. It will raise the quality of resuscitation and make it easier for medical teams to give treatment, particularly at times when they are short-handed.
The depth and rhythm of the massage is considered to be perfectly adequate, and unlike humans, does not get tired.
Dr. Rafi Strugo, MDA Deputy Director General of Medicine, said: “The new automatic compression device – LUCAS, allows us to do things that previously we could not perform and does them better, mainly providing quality CPR along with additional advantages of the device [that] will help the medics and paramedics of MDA in saving lives.”
MDA’s Director General Eli Bin said: “MDA as the national rescue organization of Israel, insists on being innovative and keeping up with the pace of evolving technologies and I am sure that the automatic compression devices in the Intensive Care Units these days will help in saving many more lives. We see great importance in innovation and make every effort to raise all the means to optimize the treatment.”