Health Matters: Detroit Lakes Paramedics and the Lucas 2 Device

Many of us know the classic procedure of giving someone CPR with your hands.

The Lucas 2 device gives a new and improved take on CPR.

Its automated compressions have saved many lives, including that of 82–year–old Carl Fingalson of Detroit Lakes.

Carl was getting ready to drive to an auto show in Mankato last July when he went into cardiac arrest.

“I was sitting in my recliner in the evening and the lights went out,” said Fingalson.

His wife Jan gave him CPR until the paramedics arrived.

They started using the Lucas 2 device.

“The Lucas device is attached to that board, and then we turn it on. We set it to the chest and then we start,” explained Paramedic Chad Peterson.

The consistent pressure leads to better blood flow to a patient’s heart and brain, compared to the traditional method of using your hands.

“The Lucas 2 device gives it more consistent chest compressions. It doesn’t get tired,” said Peterson. “It gives one hundred chest compressions a minute. They are the same depth the same rate.”

Not only is it better for the patient, but it improves the environment for emergency responders to do their job as best as they can.

“Normally when you’re on a cardiac arrest, it’s a very chaotic scene. You have to manage so many different things,” said Peterson. “The lines, medications, chest compressions and the airway. This kind of eliminates the need to pay attention to ‘is the person doing chest compressions’ or are they tired? Do I need to switch them out?”

Carl is doing well and is currently going through cardiac rehabilitation.

“They just did a fabulous job. We are very fortunate that everything went smoothly and we’re enjoying life together,” said his wife Jan.

Jan and Carl were able to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary together just one week after the emergency.