When someone’s heart stops beating, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can keep oxygen flowing throughout the body, helping the patient to stay alive until treatment is available. Sometimes a passerby begins CPR, sometimes it’s up to the emergency technicians — but now it can also be performed by a CPR robot.
CPR involves rhythmic chest pressure until trained medical personnel can resuscitate the patient. Effective CPR doubles or triples the patient’s chance of survival, but it’s not always easy. Even people who have been trained to perform CPR may get tired while performing CPR, lose track of the rhythm, or be interrupted.
Another issue that can arise is that a bystander may be uncomfortable performing CPR on a woman. When people need CPR in public places, 45 percent of men get that assistance from bystanders, but only 39 percent of women do. The American Heart Association figures this is because people feel more comfortable touching a man’s chest than a woman’s.
What about EMTs?
Emergency responders know how to do CPR effectively, but they can still have difficulty keeping the process going correctly in some circumstances, such as while taking a patient down stairs. There are also safety issues with having EMTs in ambulances without seatbelts, which is generally required if they continue providing CPR while traveling.
EMTs don’t hesitate to help a woman, of course, but neither do robots.
Robots to the rescue
LUCAS, a robotic paramedic device, can provide steady, consistent rhythmic compression at the parameters specified vie Bluetooth. Data can be collected and reviewed later and shared with other medical professionals.
Once EMTs begin CPR for a patient, the transition to LUCAS can be accomplished in just seven seconds. This frees up the EMT to take care of other aspects of treatment.
LUCAS can also be used in hospital settings, during surgery, and at other times when an extra pair of hands make a difference.
In the past, Automated External Defibrillators (AED) have been a big help, but they are not robots. Human beings must operate them. The American Heart Association reports that only 35% of workplaces train their employees to use AEDs. Even at workplaces that have an AED on site, only about half of the workers know where it is.
You may not have or need a LUCAS device at your facility, but an AED program might be a good choice.