The Baltimore Sun on the latest news from Howard county, Maryland:
Howard’s Department of Fire and Rescue Services is the first in the state to purchase three of the devices, called the AutoPulse, at $15,000 each.
Manufactured by California-based Revivant Corp., the device was in development and testing for four years and has been on the market for little more than a year. Dozens of fire departments, ambulance services and hospitals across the country have started using it, according to the company and news reports.
The device, which looks like a big chest belt, generates blood flow across the chest area. A patient is placed onto a platform similar to a backboard, and a belt is strapped across the chest. After the push of a few buttons and simple instruction prompts from a small LCD screen, the machine automatically sizes and adjusts to the patient and begins compression. The belt then alternates between snapping tight and slackening, to induce blood circulation.
Part of the appeal of the device is that it offers consistent, standardized cardiopulmonary resuscitation…
Need another reason? No more dead people with cracked ribs and sternal bones from overzealous resuscitation.
More info and videos at ZOLL Medical Corporation…