Nebraska hospitals, ambulances to get life-saving tool

Apr 16, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska hospitals and ambulance services will receive a life-saving tool as part of a nearly $6 million grant.

Approximately 360 ambulance services and 80 hospitals will receive the Physio-Control LUCAS 2 chest compression system, a medical device that provides automatic chest compressions to adults in cardiac arrest. Lt. Gov. Mike Foley announced the award Wednesday at the Capitol.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service's emergency medical services program will help coordinate the purchase and distribution of the devices.

The three-year grant was provided by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Foley says the grant will help patients throughout Nebraska who suffer heart attacks.

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