New CPR robot helps Anderson Township EMS workers during emergency situations
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - A robot that can help save lives is now part of the fire and EMS team in Anderson Township.
The team took Local 12 for a ride to show us how this new device works. When paramedics and firefighters arrive on the scene where someone is in cardiac arrest, many times they have to do traditional CPR for 20 minutes or longer, according to the Anderson Township Fire Department and EMS Division Chief Chris Kasperczyk.
"The problem that we face is fatigue. This machine will not fatigue," said firefighter and paramedic Bill Quinn.
That's because the LUCAS 3 is a mini robot programmed to do uninterrupted, hands-only CPR in ways and circumstances humans cannot.
"We would deploy the device. Once we have it secured, we can move in and out of rooms, up and down stairs, over to our cot. It would provide continuous compressions throughout transport to the hospital," said Quinn.
The device is designed to do compressions, which can then be continued while firefighters and paramedics do other things needed to save lives.
"It is battery-powered and it will do the compressions at a rate that we want and an automatic depth," said Kasperczyk.
The Anderson team got a special grant from the Bureau of Workers Compensation to buy four LUCAS 3 robots. The hope is to reduce back injuries, which are the second most common injury for firefighters and paramedics.
As Local 12 rode along with the EMS team, it was easy to see what makes giving CPR in cramped quarters a bit challenging. The hope is that those seconds saved using the robot will translate into saved lives.
It's still important to learn CPR as you may be the only person on the scene who can help the person in cardiac arrest until EMS crews arrive.