ORMICS Receives Lifesaving Automatic CPR Chest Compression System

11-30-17 (Ottumwa, IA) – Ottumwa Regional Mobile Intensive Care Services (ORMICS) recently received lifesaving technology called the LUCASTM Chest Compression System. This device helps EMS professionals deliver consistent and effective chest compressions during CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation).

“When we perform CPR, the hardest part is performing the manual chest compressions,” states David Howard, Manager ORMICS. “It is important to maintain the right rate and depth which can be difficult, particularly when we are transporting a patient in the ambulance. The LUCASTM device helps us maintain quality compressions to provide life-sustaining circulation for the patient. It also allows one of us to perform other tasks to help the patient.”

ORMICS received 4 units through a grant from Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Howard states the goal for the IDPH grant program is to outfit every transport service in Iowa with this technology. Howard and two other staff members attended a train-the-trainer education session to learn how to use the device and they are now training their co-workers on this new technology. ORMICS will begin to use the technology this month and expect the devices to enhance the quality care they provide.




About Ottumwa Regional Health Center: For 125 years, Ottumwa Regional Health Center has been serving the community of Ottumwa and the citizens of Southeast Iowa. We are a full service regional health center providing a wide range of health services, including emergency medicine, critical care services, medical/surgical, acute rehabilitation, obstetrics, pediatrics and home care, as well as specialty services such as cardiac catheterization, diagnostic and therapeutic radiological services, radiation oncology, wound care, pain clinic, sleep lab, pathology, and so much more.