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St. Croix EMS gets a second life-saving CPR device

Dick’s Bar and Grill recently received a plaque of appreciation from St. Croix Emergency Medical Services for a donation of $9,000 that allowed the ambulance service to purchase a second life-saving Lucas 2 CPR device. Holding the plaque are Carol Raley and owner Paul Kramer of Dick’s Bar. The St. Croix EMS representatives, from left, are paramedic Joe Martinez, EMT-I Jay Desio, EMT-I Pam Dabruzzi and EMS Chief Kim Eby. (Submitted photo)

St. Croix Emergency Medical Services now has a second life-saving Lucas 2 CPR device thanks to Dick’s Bar and Grill and the Hudson-area businesses and residents who support the establishment’s annual golf tournament.

The tournament held last August at Clifton Hollow Golf Club netted $9,000 for charity.

Dick’s gives the proceeds from the tournament to Hudson Police Department, Hudson Fire Department or the ambulance service each year on a rotating basis.

“We picked the first responders (to assist) because it affects everybody,” said Dick’s owner Paul Kramer.

He credits the community with making the golf tournament a success. Many businesses provide door prizes or donate money (some as much as $1,000) and the field always fills up with golfers, he said.

“We’re very happy to have these. It’s taken so much of the strain from the staff members, police officers, firefighters,” St. Croix EMS Chief Kim Eby said of the Lucas 2 devices.

The ambulance service was able to purchase its first Lucas 2 Chest Compression System last March with a $15,000 grant from the Hudson Hospital Foundation.

The device is wrapped around a cardiac arrest victim’s chest and a battery-powered arm delivers uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth to get the heart started again.

Delivering CPR by hand is tiring. The recommendation is that first responders rotate every two minutes while administering it in order to maintain their strength and attend to other necessary tasks.

The Lucas 2 device doesn’t get tired, and delivers the compressions correctly and consistently.

“The minute we can put it on, the better the outcome is for the patient, because it doesn’t fatigue like people do,” said Eby.

She said the Lucas 2 is used on almost every cardiac arrest patient that St. Croix EMS brings to the hospital.

“I believe we have had a couple of good successes with it,” she said.

Eby said now both the primary St. Croix EMS ambulance and the backup ambulance will be equipped with a Lucas 2 device.

“We are very, very happy that Dick’s was able to supply this for us,” Eby said. She said that both she and Kramer are grateful for the businesses and golfers who donated money and participated in the tournament.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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