Many are at risk for sudden cardiac death. Although survival from out of hospital arrest is dismal, it is greatly improved if the patient receives timely CPR and defibrillation (when the rhythm is appropriate). This has led to a splurge of new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that provide automated rhythm analysis and cardiac shock (defibrillation) when appropriate. The automation of the devices has enabled minimally-trained and lay responders to effectively help save lives.
However, there are few products that combine external defibrillation with some aspects of CPR guidance for the minimally-trained or lay responders. One such product by HeartSine is known as the Samaritan PAD 500P. This device, currently CE Marked, provides rhythm analysis and defibrillation when appropriate along with CPR guidance. The device provides audible real-time CPR instructions, coaching the responder to adjust speed and depth accordingly (“Push Harder”, “Good Compressions”, “Push Slower”). Per the company, using impedance technology, the device is able to direct the user on both depth and force by measuring the extent of blood pulsing in the chest cavity, enabling guidance to the responder to deliver potentially more effective chest compressions.
This product is unique compared to alternative devices that use accelerometer technology which only measure depth of compressions and do not take into consideration patient size and shape differences which can result in less effective CPR. Currently the device has not been released commercially in the United States.
Product page: Samaritan PAD 500P