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Shown to improve CPR quality, on the move and over long durations*

The LUCAS device extends the reach of care by maintaining chest compressions during transport to advanced lifesaving therapies, including ECMO or PCI in the cath lab. It can improve provider safety, avoiding fatigue over long durations and reducing transport risks by allowing caregivers to sit belted. And it can increase the efficiency of caregiving teams, calming the scene and providing an extra pair of hands so you can focus on the patient and underlying conditions.

*Sources 1-3

Patient in a helicopter with a LUCAS in place

Key Benefits

Improve CPR quality

Overcome caregiver fatigue, individual variations in CPR quality, and awkward positions while providing chest compressions by using automated, guidelines-consistent CPR. The LUCAS device provides consistent and high-quality chest compressions shown by research to increase the chances of good patient outcomes. The LUCAS device has demonstrated to increase blood flow to the brain4,5 and achieve higher EtCO2 values compared to manual compressions.6,7

Extend the reach of care

Deliver consistent chest compressions for the duration needed to give difficult patients access to advanced lifesaving therapies. The LUCAS device helps to bring interventions such as ECMO/ECPR within reach for patients who don’t respond to CPR and defibrillation alone. Plus, it can be used during angiography and PCI in the cath lab, allowing for potential lifesaving intervention.

Keep your team safe

Manual CPR involves risks to caregivers particularly during patient transport and during interventions in the cath lab. The LUCAS reduces these risks by facilitating safer transports, reducing x-ray exposure of the CPR provider during PCI, and lessening body strain and awkward work positions while delivering high-quality chest compressions, regardless of treatment surface or movement requirements.

Enhance team efficiency

Calm chaotic scenes and enable caregivers to focus their skills and judgment where they matter most. When you rely on LUCAS to handle proper chest compressions, you can focus on other life-saving tasks and speed diagnosis and treatment of underlying conditions.


See LUCAS in action

EMS to cath lab, the LUCAS 3 chest compression system provides high-quality chest compressions for patients in cardiac arrest.

Key features

LUCAS 3, v3.1

How the LUCAS 3 chest compression system enhances your power

Deploy easily and quickly

  • Low-profile back plate for fast, smooth patient application
  • Spacious support structure accommodates larger patients
  • A median of only 7 seconds of interruption demonstrated when transitioning from manual to mechanical CPR in clinical use8
  • Straps secure patient arms and device during transport

Configure to your protocols within guidelines**

  • Configure compression rate, depth, and alerts to your protocols via LIFENET connectivity
  • Adjustable ventilation alerts, pause length and count
  • Timer to remind rhythm and pulse checks
  • Set auto-lowering and pressure pad parameters to your preferences

Easily access and share post-event data**

  • Make QI/QA documentation faster and easier with emailed post-event reports
  • Connect wirelessly to the LIFENET System
  • Easy-access LUCAS device data enables productive post-event review
  • Integrate with CODE-STAT 11 data review software

Easy to store and carry

  • Battery operation lets the LUCAS 3 go anywhere
  • Lightweight and compact carrying case includes a window for quick battery checks
  • External power supply enables prolonged operation and charging
  • Easy to clean, with disposable suction cup on compression piston

Make asset management easier**

  • Easily confirm device or fleet status via LIFENET connectivity
  • Receive battery age notifications and upcoming/missed service

** LUCAS 3, version 3.1, LIFENET and CODESTAT are available in major markets. Please contact your local Stryker representative for more information about LUCAS and data connectivity.

“[LUCAS] calms the scene down, everyone is able to focus and give better care to the patient. It frees up everyone to give the patient the best shot.”


The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
LUCAS 2 Grant Outcomes Report 2015

Service and support

Start fast and get support whenever you need it

From initial device training to technical service and free continuing education, Stryker delivers unrivaled support.


Proper training is important for the optimal use of the LUCAS. Classroom-based, hands-on training resources, online device training with films and test; and customized programs all help you start using it quickly and with maximum effectiveness.

LUCAS web training

Field service

The most extensive field service team in the industry stands behind you to make sure your lifesaving devices are ready when you need them. More than a decade of service experience, on average, ensures that nobody knows your devices—and how to use, care for, maintain, and repair them—better. They’ll help your LUCAS device perform over the longest possible life.

Field service

Technical support

Service experts help resolve any issues or answer technical questions.

tech support

Continuing education

As your lifesaving partner, Stryker offers seminars, the resus10 podcast, and access to clinical research on the latest resuscitation strategies and tips.

Learn and train


1Putzer G, Braun P, Zimmerman A, et al. LUCAS compared to manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation is more effective during helicopter rescue–a prospective, randomized, cross-over manikin study. Am J Emerg Med.2013 Feb;31(2):384-9.

2Gyory R, Buchle S, Rodgers D, et al. The efficacy of LUCAS in prehospital cardiac arrest scenarios: A crossover mannequin study. West J Emerg Med. 2017;18(3):437-445. 

3Olasveengen TM, Wik L, Steen PA. Quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation before and during transport in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2008;76(2):185-90.

4Carmona Jiménez F, Padró PP, García AS, et al.. Cerebral flow improvement during CPR with LUCAS, measured by Doppler. Resuscitation. 2011, 82S1:30, AP090. [Also published in a longer version, in Spanish with English abstract, in Emergencias. 2012;24:47-49].

5Rubertsson S, Karlsten R.Increased cortical cerebral blood flow with LUCAS; a new device for mechanical chest compressions compared to standard external compressions during experimental cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Resuscitation 2005:65(3);357-363

6Axelsson C, Karlsson T, Axelsson A, et al. Mechanical active compression-decompression cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ACD-CPR) versus manual CPR according to pressure of end tidal carbon dioxide (PETCO2) during CPR in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Resuscitation. 2009, 80(10):1099-1103.

7Chandler P, Ibrahim M. AS099. Manual chest compressions versus LUCAS 2 – A comparative study of end-tidal carbon dioxide levels during in-hospital resuscitation. Resuscitation. 2017, 118 (suppl 1):e41. Oral presentation.

8Levy M, Yost D, Walker R, et al., A quality improvement initiative to optimize use of a mechanical chest compression device within a high-performance CPR approach to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation. Resuscitation. 2015;92:32-37

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