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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 21:29

The Resuscitationist : Raw Data on the Lucas, ITD, CPR and EPI

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 The Resuscitationist

Sharing some raw data and thoughts on the LUCAS, ITD, CPR and Epi from my lab

I don’t know of too many researchers that share raw data directly from their lab. Dr. Jeffrey Kline however seems to be setting a pretty good example of a leading researcher in a field interacting directly with the masses, which I think is an excellent thing. Now I have no delusions that I am anywhere near the stature of Dr. Kline, in fact part of the reason I’d like to share some of my data through my blog is that as a full time med student and part time researcher, it feels like it’s going to take me forever to get all this stuff collected and into a publishable quality. Even though we are not done collecting data, and the differences seen now may eventually fade into statistical obscurity, there are still things I get to see first hand doing my research that are flat out amazing to me. And I’d like to share some of those with you here.

First I’m going to share one of my carotid blood flow strips with some notations on it so you can see some data yourself. Study this for a minute and then I’ll go over some of my thoughts on it and the lab in general below.

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  1. The LUCAS doesn’t take very long to place. Sure it takes longer to put on than it does to start manual CPR. It also takes a little longer to place on my pigs since they have a larger anterior-posterior diameter than humans it requires placing them in the LUCAS rig along with a V-shaped wedge and some towels so they don’t roll onto their side (which is why vets do CPR on the animals side). Also I’m not rushing when I place it, I don’t measure this as one of my data points in this study, so 53 seconds is me at my leisure! I’m literally coming off the chest, walking across the room, unplugging the LUCAS from the wall charger, walking back to the pig and placing it. When using it on humans, after some practice, I felt the time to place was quite short and someone was always doing manual CPR while getting the machine ready so I don’t personally feel this is that big of an issue. Especially since…

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