ALTON — Applebee’s will welcome Alton firefighters from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 17, to raise funds to buy a Lucas Chest Compression System.
The device assists first responders with chest compressions, allowing patients to receive uninterrupted medical attention.
“When we go to a scene, we have so many things to do quickly,” Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold said in a December interview. “Someone needs to start an IV, intubate the patient to secure an airway, push medications through the IV and at the same time do chest compressions and perform CPR. The Lucas device frees a rescuer from the act of doing compressions so he or she can perform those other life-saving duties.”
Anyone who has taken a CPR class knows performing CPR can be exhausting without the continued stress of being in a moving ambulance. Sebold spoke of the device’s importance allowing CPR to go uninterrupted during the transport of the patient.
“Every time compressions are interrupted, it’s a risk to the survival of the patient,” Sebold said. “If a patient needs to be extricated from a vehicle, compressions have to stop momentarily. When a patient is put in a backboard and loaded into the ambulance, compressions have to stop momentarily. This device will keep compressions going through all of those situations without interruption and give the patient a better chance.”
Applebee’s will donate 15 percent of proceeds to the fire department. Firefighters will be at the fundraiser to answer questions about the device and hand out smoke detectors to a random customer every 30 minutes.
Customers can print out the Applebee’s fundraiser flier and present it to their server March 17 to have 15 percent of their meal go toward the device. Anyone unable to attend can submit the donation to the Alton Firefighters Insurance Fund by mailing or dropping it off at 333 E. 20th St. in Alton, IL 62002.