Published On: Thu, Apr 27th, 2017

Hospital receives new chest compression system

OSMOND — Osmond General Hospital has announced that it is one of 80 hospitals in Nebraska that has received the Physio-Control LUCAS® 2 chest compression system. The hospital received the LUCAS 2 through the $4.1 million Helmsley Charitable Trust initiative, Mission: Lifeline. Kristen Colsden, director of nursing at Osmond General Hospital, applied for the grant to receive the $10,800 equipment. The LUCAS 2 arrived in October and staff members have been doing training since then, Colsden said.
“The equipment is portable and comes in a back pack,” Colsden said. “The plan is to train the local EMTs so they can take it with them in the ambulance and utilize it if needed.”
LUCAS 2 is an external, mechanical device that provides automated chest compressions to an adult in cardiac arrest. The device is a consistent and effective way to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). LUCAS 2 is designed for use by first responders and hospital personnel and it enhances opportunities to improve outcomes for heart attack patients.
Last year, Osmond General Hospital was one of 41 hospitals receiving grants from the Helmsley Trust to purchase a new Siemens 64-slice computer tomography (CT) scanner.
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health and select place-based initiatives. Since 2008, when Helmsley began its active grant-making, it has committed more than $1.8 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $300 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Montana.

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