WAYNESBORO, Pa. – When someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest, a quick, effective response can mean the difference between life and death.
First responders, medical personnel, friends or bystanders are tasked with delivering CPR to ensure blood continues to circulate oxygen to the brain until the patient is revived.
Thanks to the donation of a Lucas Device from the Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary, medical staff at Waynesboro Hospital will be able to free their hands to perform additional life-saving measures while the device performs constant chest compressions.
The Lucas Device, or automated CPR device, provides consistent, effective, continuous chest compressions to patients who experience a cardiac episode.
“People who are performing CPR can become fatigued if it must be administered for several minutes and then their compressions may not be as effective,” explained Jill Keller-Reyka, vice president for patient safety and quality at Summit Health. “This device has been shown to improve patient outcomes because it delivers effective compressions, regardless of the amount of time the CPR must be administered.”
All medical employees who are required to be certified in CPR for their position at the hospital will be trained on the device.
“The Lucas Device is a benefit to both patients and our medical employees,” said Elaine Sneeringer, president of the Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary. “Fundraising can take a lot of work, but we are so pleased when we reach our goals and can give items like this to our hospital.”
Funding the device
The Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a Basket and Bag Bingo at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 17, at Waynesboro Ambulance Squad, 603 W. Main St. Proceeds from the event will retroactively help fund the device, which cost close to $15,000.
Tickets cost $25 each and can be obtained at the hospital gift shop or by calling (717) 762-1915 or the hospital switchboard at (717) 765-4000.
The auxiliary is always accepting new members. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call the volunteer office at (717) 765-4000, extension 5205.