Anyone who has done CPR knows that it requires a lot of work to do it effectively. When I have to do it, if I can, I take most of my upper garments off so I don’t get overheated. To perform effective CPR you have to compress the sternum at least 2 inches to push all the blood out of the heart to the brain at a rate of at least 100 per minute or almost 2 compressions per second. It is just as important to let the chest rise back up so the heart fills completely back up and get ready for the next push. I like to have my students get their shoulders over their wrists to give them the best chance of compressing the chest effectively on a continuing basis. I concentrate on the shoulder of the strong hand. By keeping the elbow straight and the shoulder over the wrist the rescuer is able to exert maximum pressure in the center of the chest. I even encourage some to place their non-preferred hand over the wrist of the hand on the chest to increase the firmness and effectiveness of the compression.
Unfortunately, not everyone is able to deliver compressions to the optimum depth. Someone who has poor upper body strength will experience difficulty in delivering effective compressions continuously. That is where CPR RSQ comes to the Rescue. This FDA approved device is designed in such a way that it allows everyone regardless of their size or strength to deliver the best compressions possible on a continuing basis. The CPR RSQ encourages one to deliver good compressions by mimicking a familiar action that almost everyone can identify with. The working handle of the device resembles a steering wheel or the steering mechanism on a boat. You can place two hands on the “wheel” and use both shoulders to push down in a unified fashion. The suction at the bottom of the devise keeps the device in place even if the victim is sweating. In addition the device has a built in recording that tells the rescuer what to do and I believe it gives them confidence too.
Using this device also allows one to place the AED pads quickly and efficiently because the hands are raised above the chest and the diameter of the suction surface is smaller than most hands. I believe this device would be especially useful in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and schools. I am encouraging every elder care facility in my area to get the CPR RSQ and install it alongside the AED and in strategic locations around the facility to minimize the delay in starting compressions. Compared to other devices, the CPR RSQ is inexpensive and effective for most rescuers and bystanders. For that reason you can place more than one around different areas of any facility.
I believe the CPR RSQ is the ideal aid for anyone who is called upon to perform CPR, especially caregivers and eldercare facility personnel.