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Boston Pilgrim Hospital staff’s 12-hour CPR challenge

Image source, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Image caption, Pilgrim Hospital staff are preparing for the fundraising challenge

Hospital staff have to perform chest compressions on a mannequin for 12 hours to raise money for life-saving equipment.

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston already has a LUCAS CPR chest compression system, which is kept in the emergency department.

A second machine would “improve” patient care, staff said.

The device performs compressions if prolonged resuscitation is needed, they explained.

Hayley Head, an advanced clinical critical care physician, said: “We can perform CPR for 90 minutes while we reverse the cause of cardiac arrest. This can be extremely demanding, both mentally and physically, for everyone involved.

“LUCAS is able to maintain the rhythm and pressure needed to give patients the best possible chance of survival and also the best chance of recovery.”

Last year, the intensive care team was called to 37 cardiac arrests across the hospital, excluding emergency departments and intensive care units.

As part of the fundraising campaign, 15 staff members will take turns performing CPR.

Ms Head added: “Performing CPR is probably the most physically demanding part of our work as healthcare professionals.”

The fundraising event will take place on April 26 from 8am to 8pm BST at the Outpatient Clinic.

Gary Burr, a fundraiser at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity, said: “Our teams do an amazing job caring for our patients. We are so proud to support this amazing team and event which will not only raise awareness but also raise funds will recruit to help our patients.” colleagues to continue saving lives.

“A second LUCAS machine will provide better care to our patients.”