When a person’s heart stops, there are only seconds to act. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, otherwise known as CPR, must be quickly performed to continue artificial circulation and provide a supply of oxygen to an unresponsive person. Portable and automatic CPR machines automatically deliver CPR compression strokes – and these CPR machines are already saving lives.
Automatic CPR Machines
If performed effectively, CPR can keep a person alive until medical help can be administered. In some areas medical help may take more than 10 minutes to arrive. Every minute counts and can mean the difference in life or death.
CPR is most effective when it is continuously given without interruption. Unfortunately, in some situations, it can be difficult or nearly impossible for first responders continue CPR as a person is being evacuated from a building or other areas with difficult terrain.
In place of mechanical CPR, mechanical CPR devices can automatically deliver CPR strokes to continue blood circulation and oxygen supply of unresponsive victims. A large scale trial revealed one such automatic CPR device, called the AutoPulse, increased the survival rate of patients in need of CPR by 3.6%.
“In large published prospective clinical trials that used an automated CPR device, the AutoPulse Resuscitation System ® achieved the highest survival rate. In IARC study (Circulation Improving Resuscitation Care), the overall survival until hospital discharge was 10.2%, which is one of the highest ever achieved in a test of cardiac arrest outside the hospital. 1 . The PARAMEDIC test, which used a mechanical CPR device plunger had a survival rate at 30 days only 6.6% 2 .
The device straps on to a victim and provides compression strokes by rapidly inflating an deflating a bag. The device is battery operated and can perform CPR for over 10 minutes. The device could save thousands of lives every year.