Lifesaving chest compression and defibrillators introduced at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Althea are working alongside North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust to commission and install 55 new defibrillators and the LUCAS device across their MES (Managed Equipment Service) sites.

Althea managed the multidisciplinary selection process resulting in the decision to choose Stryker, purchasing a new LUCAS® Chest Compression System alongside a new fleet of defibrillators.

On completion of full OEM technical and user training the devices were installed in July to ensure the best patient care and safety across all of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust sites.

The LUCAS Chest Compression System by Stryker provides cardiac arrest high quality chest compressions that are guideline-consistent and for extended periods of time.

The LIFEPAK® 20e Defibrillator/Monitor combines AED functionality with manual capability to quickly and easily deliver advanced therapeutic care. The devices also support the following functions; capnography, pacing, ECG and SP02.

LIFEPAK® 15 Monitor/Defibrillator is designed to be used in hospital areas requiring the most advanced monitoring parameters including; 12 lead ECG, CPR metronome, NIBP and invasive pressures, temperature, SP02 and customisable power options all housed within a tough casing for all conditions and transport.

LIFEPAK® 1000 is an easy to use AED, it has a large screen to provide the intuitive graphics and ECG readings. The device has cprMax™ technology installed which allows compressions to continue during AED charging and minimises CPR interruptions.

The new devices will be connected to the LIFENETsystem which delivers clinical information to care teams, management and engineers to increase efficiency, improve patient care and treatment. The software delivers both immediate care intervention and post event reviews, while helping manage the assets throughout the Trust sites.

David Rolfe, UK&I Chief Executive Officer at Althea, said “We are delighted to be supporting the Trust through the purchase of this important new equipment, with Althea offering technical know-how and support as well decommissioning the old equipment.”