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Medical teams from across Central Montana receive training for new cardiac equipment

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On Thursday 33 ambulance and hospital teams from across the Golden Triangle were trained on the Lucas 2 chest compression device. (MTN News photo) On Thursday 33 ambulance and hospital teams from across the Golden Triangle were trained on the Lucas 2 chest compression device. (MTN News photo)
GREAT FALLS -

Dozens of medical responders were in the Electric City Thursday training to save lives and a multi million dollar grant is giving them the equipment to do it.

It's all part of the Cardiac Ready Communities Initiative which aims to improve survival rates for cardiac arrest patients.  

On Thursday 33 ambulance and hospital teams from across the Golden Triangle were trained on the Lucas 2 chest compression device.

This automated chest compressor is designed to do CPR perfectly every time.

"The advantage is that people get tired," said CRC Program Manager, Janet Tretheway. "If you do CPR well you do about 2 minutes of CPR and you're tired, the machine never gets tired never complains it just does CPR and it does it very very consistently so we see a much better outcome for patients because that CPR never gets interrupted its always done very very well." 

The device will also be safer for ambulance personnel who will be able to do CPR with the device while staying buckled in their seat.

The cost of training and 33 chest compressors was covered by a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The total gift of $3.2 million will provide for training and distribution 220 Lucas devices across Montana.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services believes the device will have a big impact on cardiac arrest survival rates.    

Each of the 33 agencies that completed Thursdays training went home with a Lucas device to use in their service areas.

Tretheway says that the program also provides high performance CPR training for Service areas with to low of call numbers to receive a Lucas device.

911 Dispatchers have been receiving training as well to help them talk untrained callers through the steps of CPR. 
 

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