CHI hospitals have received a $4.7 million grant to help them purchase new technology, allowing their front line workers to save lives of COVID-19 patients.
In Kearney, CHI Good Samaritan received six of the new LUCAS mechanical chest compression devices.
With the new technology, the hospital said front line workers will now be able to deliver consistent, reliable and uninterrupted chest compression to their patients.
Additionally, CHI said these new devices will replace some older models found in their medical helicopters and ambulances, but also help limit the number of front line workers responding to their patients.
"These LUCAS devices drastically reduce the number of responders needed to care for a patient in cardiac arrest. When a person is doing manual compression, you may need two, three maybe even four people to cycle through to do compression. These machines do their job and helps circulate blood by doing compression all by themselves," CHI Good Samaritan's EMS Manager, Matthew Walter said.