Aurora donates new technology to local EMS

By John Holman - Special to The Freeman

Nov. 20, 2014

Representatives from Aurora Health Care demonstrate how to use the auto compressor for local emergency medical service officials.
Submitted photo

WAUKESHA - Twelve local emergency medical service stations will receive new automatic chest compression devices, courtesy of Summit Aurora Medical Center.

The devices, called LUCAS2, help medical technicians by providing continuous chest compressions to people suffering cardiac arrest. With automatic compression technology, EMS workers can focus on other tasks during patient transport and avoid fatigue associated with manual compressions, according to an Aurora press release.

The Dousman Fire District, Hartland Fire Department, Lake Country Fire & Rescue, Oconomowoc Fire Department, Town of Delafield Fire Department, Stone Bank Volunteer Fire Department, Kettle Moraine EMS, Johnson Creek EMS, Wales-Genesee Fire Department, Town of Ixonia EMS and Jefferson EMS will receive their devices early next year.

“First responders throughout Waukesha and Jefferson county play a crucial role in helping patients in need,” said Dr. Krishna Prasad, emergency medical director at Aurora Medical Center in Summit. “The new Lucas Compression Devices will help us better treat patients that arrive in our emergency room because of the consistent compression levels and the improved overall care that was provided during transportation.”

220-plus people helped Aurora raise more than $150,000 for this cause during its gala event at the Delafield Hotel on Nov. 15.

Community members interested in contributing additional support for the new devices are encouraged to visit, or they can call Jennifer Stephens at 262-741-2600 for more information.