Over the last few years, I have seen a number of stories about machines that can perform CPR. Personally, they kind of scare me. I think of all the things that can potentially go wrong with a machine performing chest compressions, and the time that it could take to get it set up for proper depth of chest and in the proper location.
On the other hand, when a person does CPR, they may not properly compress to the appropriate depth and waste a lot of time by not doing proper compressions.
The device is called LUCAS 2, and according to Dr. Kenneth Deloge, it is more effective than human professionals. The rate of survival among patients who receive chest compressions from the machine is 20% higher than when professionals gave the chest compressions.
The LUCAS 2, however, is cost prohibitive like many medical devices. It costs approximately $13,000.
There are other advantages to the machine that remind me of the High Performance CPR techniques that I learned about a few weeks ago. It can continue to do chest compressions in situations where humans can not, providing uninterrupted compressions. The device is, in part, based on hands-only CPR. New research has shown that the body stores enough oxygen to stay alive for seven minutes, but the body also needs constant blood flow, which is provided by chest compressions, when the heart stops pumping blood for itself.