HackensackUMC Becomes First Air Medical Unit with Onboard LUCAS™ Chest Compression System
HackensackUMC’s AirMed One Helicopter, Mobile ICU, Specialty Care Transport Unit and BLS Ambulances are being equipped with LUCAS Chest Compression System to allow for uninterrupted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for all patients
In January 2014, HackensackUMC’s AirMed One Helicopter became the first Air Medical Unit (AMU) in the state of New Jersey to have an onboard LUCAS Chest Compression System to allow for uninterrupted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for all patients. Through the generosity of board member Joseph Sanzari, HackensackUMC’s AMU, Mobile ICU, Specialty Care Transport Unit, and BLS Ambulances will be equipped with this new, lifesaving technology. Altogether, HackensackUMC is putting eleven LUCAS devices in the field.
“We are incredibly grateful to Joe Sanzari for enabling our HackensackUMC team to have this lifesaving equipment,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “Every second counts in an emergency situation, and the LUCAS devices can help improve patient outcomes.”
LUCAS Compression devices deliver effective and consistent chest compressions with a minimum of interruptions. Chest compressions are considered to be the most important part of CPR according to the American Heart Association (AHA). CPR is used to bring people who have had a heart attack back to life by keeping blood circulating to the brain and other organs.
The hardest part of doing chest compressions in the field is pushing fast enough and deep enough. The AHA recommends a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute and a depth of approximately two for an adult patient. In the field, while the patient is being moved to the ambulance, maintaining the recommended rate and depth is very challenging. The LUCAS device is able to meet both these criteria during all parts of patient contact.
Several scientific research studies have shown that patients who have a heart attack and need CPR have better outcomes when LUCAS is used. The regular rate and depth that LUCAS offers means that patients have a better chance of walking out of the hospital alive. The LUCAS device can actually stay on the patient all the way through the CatheterizationLab, where lifesaving emergency interventions can be done.
The LUCAS compression device also improves safety for EMS providers. The most dangerous time for EMTs and paramedics is during transport to the hospital. The need to provide lifesaving skills for the patient, such as CPR, often means staff members work in difficult and dangerous positions. The LUCAS device allows all EMS providers to be properly seat belted and safe in the back of the moving ambulance.
HackensackUMC provides primary 911 medical care to more than half of the residents of Bergen County and responded to more than 30,000 requests for help in 2013. In addition, the hospital’s Air Medical Unit provides emergency and inter-hospital transports for patients in New Jersey, New York, and beyond. HackensackUMC emergency medical staff is available 24/7 and are never more than a phone call away.
HackensackUMC’s AirMed One Helicopter, Mobile ICU, Specialty Care Transport Unit and BLS Ambulances are being equipped with LUCAS Chest Compression System to allow for uninterrupted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for all patients.
From left to right: George Carter, clinical education coordinator, HackensackUMC Mobile ICU Paramedics; Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network; Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman, Emergency Services, HackensackUMC; Glenn MacDonald, emergency medical services manager, HackensackUMC Mobile ICU Paramedics; Jodi Kennedy, tour chief, HackensackUMC Mobile ICU Paramedics; Mark Sparta, vice president, senior operations officer, HackensackUMC ; Lisa Iachetti RN, administrator, Clinical Network Development, HackensackUMC; and Joseph M. Sanzari, Board of Directors, HackensackUMC.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 22 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.