FDA Approves Chest Compression System

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LUCAS 2 Compression System 

LUCAS 2, the next-generation LUCAS Chest Compression System, has been granted 510(k) market clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Developed and manufactured by Jolife and distributed in the United States by Physio-Control, the automated, battery-powered device is designed to give consistent, uninterrupted compressions to victims in cardiac arrest.

Since performing manual chest compressions is difficult and physically demanding, Jolife created the LUCAS Chest Compression System to assist. It is designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth – 100 compressions per minute at a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches – to facilitate return of spontaneous circulation after a heart attack. 

LUCAS 2 differs from its predecessor by being electric rather than pneumatic. The new device can be powered by a battery that comes with the unit or through use of a wall socket or car electricity outlet. LUCAS 2 has several new features, including alerts and pauses to assist ventilation during compressions.

“We now can offer this solution to customers who prefer a battery-powered device and the LUCAS 1 for those who prefer the pneumatic solution,” said Jolife CEO Erik von Schenck.

LUCAS 2 weighs 17.2 pounds and fits into a compact backpack. Physio-Control plans to begin shipping it to the U.S. markets in the fall. 

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