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Chest Compression Device Delivers Effective Resuscitation

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 26 Dec 2013
Image: The Schiller Easy Pulse CPR compression device (Photo courtesy of Schiller).
Image: The Schiller Easy Pulse CPR compression device (Photo courtesy of Schiller).
A portable, standalone, mechanical device delivers chest compressions automatically at a consistent rate and depth.

The Schiller Easy Pulse offers efficient and compact electrically driven mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) via multidirectional chest compressions at a consistent high-quality, with the possibility of performing 30:2 compression—ventilation cycles. The lightweight (3.5.kg) device is directly attached to the patient‘s upper body using a simple slider and buckle system, and can thus be used in any situation, regardless of ambient conditions.

Device operation is simple and straightforward, and can be performed by just a single person, whether a paramedic or even a lay rescuer. Only three buttons operate the device (Power, Start/Pause, and 30:2 compression), and resuscitation is initiated immediately once the Start button is pressed twice. The Schiller Easy Pulse is a product of Schiller (Baar, Switzerland).

A universal compression to ventilation ratio of 30:2 is recommended in most situations. With children, if at least two trained rescuers are present a ratio of 15:2 is preferred; in newborns a rate of 3:1 is recommended unless a cardiac cause is known, in which case a 15:2 ratio is reasonable. Compression-only CPR is recommended as the method of choice for the untrained or unproficient because it is easier to perform and instructions are easier to give over the phone. In adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, compression-only CPR by the lay public has a higher success rate than standard CPR.

As per the American Heart Association (AHA; Dallas, TX, USA), the beat of the Bee Gees song "Stayin' Alive" provides an ideal rhythm in terms of beats per minute to use for hands-only CPR. One can also hum Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust,” which is exactly 100 beats-per-minute and contains a memorable repeating drum pattern.

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