Mercyhealth gets 30 new life-saving devices for local EMS agencies

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Thirty emergency medical service agencies in the stateline are now equipped with a new life-saving device.

The Mercyhealth Development Foundation gave out 30 LUCAS chest compression systems as part of a $400,000 donation.

The machines will help crews provide quality automated CPR in a consistent manner to improve cradiac survival rates. Mercyhealth says the devices will not only save lives, but benefit crews that have smaller staff.

"With that chain of survival, we got to make sure all the pieces are there," Jay MacNeal, EMS Medical Director for Mercyhealth. "This is just one of the tools, and this is one of the pieces. But it should make people feel good that their departments have these devices and they are ready to respond with them quickly."

Mercyhealth's prehospital team will provide training to first responders who will soon use the LUCAS chest compression systems.