Life saving procedures have come a long way today from where it started in the Early Ages, using smoke and flogging to revive a person. Today, CPR has managed to save a sizable amount of patients from death.
When done right, CPR improves survival chances and saves a life, when done incorrectly or when delayed, it might cause death or irreversible brain damage, leading to a long period of coma.
Realizing this, a lot of patience and dedication has gone into the making of devices that will help with ensuring the success of CPR.
The idea behind progressive technology used in CPR was:
- A person cannot perform CPR manually for a long time, it is not humanly possible for one person to perform CPR effectively for more than a few minutes; there needs to be some sort of device that can replicate these actions
- Quality matters a lot in making these devices, they need to be adaptable across environments without compromising on the service value
- Some devices should be created to trigger an alert when the patient is having an attack or if the pulse or BP show an alarming drop
- There was a need for a lifelike aid for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
- Even a trained professional sometimes may not deliver optimum pressure in compressions and other steps of CPR accurately, in the long run, self-monitoring devices that could be developed to suit this need, was proposed
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Defibrillators are devices with electrodes designed to give sharp, short electrical shocks to the hearts with the intention of reviving it and stimulating a response.
Medical science has made it possible for an average person to use AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators. These are external units designed in such a way that even an untrained person can use it.
2014 has been the year of wearable devices and the medical world has benefited from this too. Some companies have created wearable AEDS designed as a vest. These are recommended for people who are at a high risk of getting sudden cardiac arrest.
Ventricular assist devices are another form of advanced medical technology. These are used in the aftermath of CPR, to assist the weakened heart muscles and support the heart to fully pump blood to vital organs.
These cardiac pumps, as they are popularly known, help pump more blood steadily till normal cardiac function is restored.
Seeing the success of compression-only CPR, some devices have been designed to be used by laymen in case of an emergency, to prevent fatigue. These are also pocket-friendly and can be carried anywhere.
Chest compression systems, AEDs and cardiac pumps are all widely used today by paramedics to provide immediate care to victims.
But when it comes to CPR, instead of devices that will help resuscitate a person after the attack occurs, also needed are devices which can trigger alerts when an attack happens or if it is imminent. Alerting those around the victim and the victim himself will largely help in survival.
These devices can be worn by those who are most susceptible to an attack. The wearable medical device market has largely gone up in 2014. These not only alert when a cardiac arrest occurs, but also in cases of a fall in elders etc.
These medical devices are designed to alert passersby or the nearest medical emergency centre, to provide emergency care.
Going by the popularity and accuracy of these devices, they could be the future of first-aid and emergency care.