STFD Fire Chief Janik Thanks Community For Donations For Life-Saving CPR Device
The Saugatuck Township Fire District is delighted to report the purchase of the chest compression system, LUCAS.
The purchase of LUCAS was made possible by the generous contributions of so many friends and a major donation by Laura Durham, Mill Pond Realty, in loving memory of her Father, Joseph Kostyla, a long-time resident of Douglas.
We, the Saugatuck Township Fire District, are deeply grateful to Laura and her family for making this purchase a reality.
The acquisition of this life-saving piece of equipment is just one of the many ways you and your neighbors support the fire department.
Please thank these friends when you see them:
Laura Durham, Millpond Realty, Jane VerPlank, Bill Hess, Lyn Marro, Wallace Demaagd, Shirley Akins, Janet & Fred Schmidt, Greg Janik, Robert Moroni, Roy Mcilwaine, Hank Zavislak, Maureen Genetski, Cannarsa Design, Janie & Jim Flemming, Donna Peel, The Waypoint Restaurant, William Watts, Claire Bale, Tere Whitley, Bloom Sluggett, the Singapore Yacht Club, Ward Zeipen, Susan Reck, Jonathan Winston, Kathleen Markland, Robert Ritsema, Travis Randolph, Mary Leber, Bobbie & Bob Gaunt, Wilma Schock, Richard Albecht, Patrick Stewart, the Star of Saugatuck, Singapore Yacht Club Auxillary, Leonard Kalivoda, Martha Kupres, the Park House Inn, Sharlene Davis, Mark Barrone, Carol Ray, Robert Lamont, Edward Kelly, Scott Phelps, Mike Johnson, Cow Hill Yacht Club, Everyday People Café, Kilwins, Cynthia Sorensen and many anonymous donors.
We regret any individuals we may have missed due to our press deadline.
THANK YOU All!
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the annual Fire Department Open House on Sunday, October 5th from 12-3 pm.
See you then.
About The LUCAS CPR Unit
In order to be able to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients and avoid neurological damage, a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain is necessitated.
Life-sustaining circulation can be created through effective and uninterrupted chest compressions. Performing manual chest compressions of high quality is both difficult and tiring, and impossible in certain situations.
The quality varies depending on who provides CPR and deteriorates quickly after only one, two minutes.
The LUCAS™ Chest Compression System is a safe and efficient tool that standardises chest compressions in accordance with the latest scientific guidelines.
It provides the same quality for all patients and over time, independent of transport conditions, rescuer fatigue, or variability in the experience level of the caregiver.
By doing this, it frees up rescuers to focus on other life-saving tasks and creates new rescue opportunities.
Experimental studies show that the mechanically controlled LUCAS™ compressions are able to sustain a higher blood flow to the brain and heart compared to manual compressions.
The side-effects are similar as for manual compressions. LUCAS™ does compressions according to guidelines - on the middle of the chest, not more, not less.
The LUCAS device is easy to carry and handle, and can be applied to the patient with interruptions of manual compressions of less than 20 seconds.
Now electrically powered, the life-saving medical device offers the most compact, lightweight and portable solution to maintain circulation in cardiac arrest patients.