Table 1

Survey results

1. Have you completed your training on the LUCAS-2 device?
No. of responses: 150
Yes141 (94%)
No9 (6%)
2. How easy was the device to learn to use?
No. of responses: 143
Very easy78 (54.5%)
Easy64 (45.8%)
Difficult1 (0.7%)
Very difficult0 (0%)
3. Prior to the trial had you heard of, or used, any type of mechanical chest compression device?
No. of responses: 128
Heard of112 (87.5%)
Used17 (13.3%)
4. What, in your opinion, are the advantages of using the device?
No. of responses: 146
Quality of chest compressions137 (93.8%)
Safety of crew in rear of vehicle90 (61.6%)
Consistency of chest compressions135 (92.5%)
Being able to give chest compressions when transferring patients downstairs66 (45.2%)
Being able to give chest compression in the back of a moving vehicle122 (83.6%)
Helps with patients moving and handling43 (29.5%)
5. What, in your opinion, are the disadvantages of using the device?
No. of responses: 98
Too heavy to take into patient's location46 (46.9%)
Too noisy9 (9.2%)
Too brutal looking29 (29.6%)
Hospitals don't like it1 (1%)
Unable to take patients downstairs with device attached47 (48%)
Device is too efficient2 (2%)
6. Would you like to see this piece of equipment introduced into the service?
No. of responses: 145
Yes136 (93.8%)
No9 (6.2%)
7. Have you seen the LUCAS-2 device used in clinical practice?
No. of responses: 147
Yes107 (72.8%)
No40 (27.2%)
8. How many times have you either used or seen the device used in clinical practice?
No. of responses: 146
Zero19 (13%)
Once42 (28.8%)
Twice40 (27.4%)
Three times15 (10.3%)
More than three times30 (20.6%)
9. How important do you think it is for the service to be involved in clinical research?
No. of responses: 148
Very important123 (83.1%)
Important24 (16.2%)
Not important0 (0%)
I don't think the service should be involved in research1 (0.7%)
10. Have you been trained on the PARAMEDIC trial protocol?
No. of responses: 145
Yes126 (86.9%)
No19 (13.1%)
11. How easy was the protocol to understand?
No. of responses: 129
Very easy54 (41.9%)
Easy72 (55.8%)
Difficult3 (2.3%)
Very difficult0 (0%)
12. How easy was the protocol to remember in practice?
No. of responses: 128
Very easy36 (28.1%)
Easy78 (60.9%)
Difficult13 (10.2%)
Very difficult1 (0.8%)
13. What was good about being involved in the trial?
No. of responses: 134
Using a new piece of kit84 (62.7%)
Not having to complete a separate form for data collection35 (26.1%)
Contributing to knowledge for the profession94 (10.2%)
It made cardiac arrest management easier102 (76.1%)
My patients’ chances of survival were improved97 (72.4%)
It gave me a CPD opportunity47 (35.1%)
None of the above5 (3.7%)
14. What was problematic about being involved in the trial?
No. of responses: 131
Having to remember to text the RP after each cardiac arrest incident62 (47.3%)
Having an extra piece of equipment to carry around49 (37.4%)
Having an additional procedure to remember at a cardiac arrest incident29 (22.1%)
Trying to remember how to use the device23 (17.6%)
Trying to remember the trial protocol33 (25.2%)
None of the above31 (23.7%)
  • CPD, continuous professional development; PARAMEDIC, Prehospital Randomised Assessment of a Mechanical compression Device In Cardiac arrest; RP, research paramedic.