Tuesday, July 2, 2019

ZOLL Creates AutoPulse Resuscitation System

Here is an incredible device that is definitely going to save lives.  About 15 years ago, the AED (automated external defibrillator) hit the market.  Those incredible devices, when attached correctly to the patient, can monitor the heart rhythm and apply a needed electric shock to bring a heart in V-fib back into a normal sinus rhythm.

Now comes another device which I think will quickly become just as common place as the AED.  The device is the ZOLL AutoPulse Resuscitation System.  Here is what the website has to say:

High-quality CPR Without Interruption
The AutoPulse® Resuscitation System provides high-quality automated CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Easy to use and battery operated, AutoPulse squeezes the patient’s entire chest to improve blood flow to the heart and brain.1,2,3 The only device of its kind, AutoPulse automatically sizes to the patient, and has shown improved outcomes in numerous clinical trials.4,5
Designed for Patient Movement and Transport
When the AutoPulse Resuscitation System’s stabilizing board is placed on a soft stretcher, rescuers can continue providing high-quality CPR down steep stairwells, around sharp corners, or even in a cramped elevator. Compared with manual CPR, AutoPulse has been shown to reduce interruptions in compressions during transport by more than 85%.6 The AutoPulse Resuscitation System is made for Resuscitation on the Move™.

The idea is that this system will perform CPR properly for a much longer time than a human rescuer can provide.  CPR training, since its inception, has relied on the skill and the memory of the provider.  Unfortunately many who end up performing CPR are individuals with minimal medical training and in the confusion and panic of the moment often don’t provide CPR correctly.  The AutoPulse can hopefully help eliminate that problem from the treatment loop.

I can imagine that it won’t be too terribly long before these devcies begin appearing in public places right next to the AED.

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