Instructional device designed to teach individuals how to properly perform chest compressions.
- The device has a low per unit cost of production.
- The device is made from a very durable foam composite and it is reliable since it lacks any moving parts and it is not made out of an inflatable material.
- The device includes a “clicker” that provides unequivocal feedback that individuals are performing proper compressions to the proper depth.
There is ample and growing evidence that most rescuers (especially citizen bystanders) perform ventilations poorly, and much if not all of the benefit of CPR may come from timely provision of chest compressions. There is also a fear of mouth to mouth contact which may deter many bystanders from starting CPR. For this reason, a growing number of communities are advising would be rescuers to start “chest compression only” CPR. However, there needs to be a teaching tool that is available for home use that is affordable and effective. Current approaches to CPR training manikins exist but include manikins made from either expensive high grade material or less durable inflation devices. Therefore, a low cost and durable CPR manikin would be extremely valuable.
The inventors have designed a durable low cost effective CPR manikin that is excellent in teaching chest compressions. With its exclusive “clicker” device that is located directly below the center of the manikin’s sternum, it provides an exceptional tool for teaching proper hand placement and force necessary to perform chest compressions effectively. If the rescuer places the heel of his or her hand in this location and compresses to the proper depth, it will produce an audible “click” with each compression when done properly. This invention can lead to more individuals being trained correctly in performing CPR chest compressions.
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Developmental Stage & Potential Market
- Instrument prototype has been developed.
- The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, including healthcare professionals and the general public.