Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a procedure performed in an emergency when the heart stops, with the goal of prolonging circulatory and lung function. Although advances in emergency cardiac care continue to improve the chances of surviving cardiac arrest, it remains a leading cause of death in many parts of the world. CPR is one link in what the American Heart Association calls the chain of survival, which is a series of actions that, when performed in sequence, will give a person having a heart attack the greatest chance of survival. The sooner CPR is given to a person in cardiopulmonary arrest the greater the chance of a successful resuscitation.
In order to be able to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients, effective and uninterrupted chest compressions are required. Performing manual chest compressions of high quality is difficult and depends a lot upon the person performing the CPR. The quality of CPR varies from time to time and with each compression. The important determinant of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and survival with good a neurological outcome is a proper depth and rate of chest compressions during CPR. This creates adequate blood flow and oxygen delivery to the heart and brain.
Nihon Kohden CPR assist supports performing and maintaining high-quality CPR. It is also a training tool for ALS and BLS teams with a mannequin to improve and maintain CPR skills. Key points to ensure high-quality CPR are perform chest compressions to a depth of at least 5 cm (2 inches) but not greater than 6 cm (2.4 inches); perform chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120/min; and minimize interruptions in compressions.
Look and hear the quality of CPR. CPR assist indicates the speed and depth of chest compression by using LED light and sound. It helps you perform higher quality CPR and supports easier CPR training.
Evaluate the quality of CPR. CPR assist can communicate with a PC via Bluetooth. For training, the real-time CPR waveform and measurement value can be shown on a PC with viewer software for PC. This software scores the quality of CPR to assist in making helpful evaluations for the user’s future CPR. Rescue data is stored in the CPR assist during CPR.
Nihon Kohden to manage the quality of CPR. CPR assist can also communicate with Nihon Kohden’s defibrillator via Bluetooth. The real time CPR waveform and measurement values can be viewed with other parameters, such as ECG, SpO2, CO2, and NIBP on the defibrillator’s screen (Cardiolife TEC-5600). The necessary information for rescue can be confirmed on one screen.