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New CPR device may help bystanders save lives

Inventors of CPR device discuss how life-saving it has been.
Inventors of CPR device discuss how life-saving it has been.
Joe and Leila Hanson, Inventors of CPR RsQ Assist

We live in a very unpredictable world where you never know when something unexpected can happen. One of those unexpected things could involve someone around you suddenly collapsing and needing CPR. The problem is you don’t know how to perform CPR to save this person’s life. This circumstance is more common than one might think.
According to American Heart Association, 1 in 4 people say they’ve been in a situation where someone around them needed CPR, yet 70 percent of Americans say they do not know how to perform CPR or are not comfortable with their abilities.
This is why there is a new product out- FDA- approved CPR device CPR RsQ Assist. This device empowers any bystander to take action and potentially save a life by doing chest compressions while emergency personnel are en route. Joe Hanson, inventor of CPR RsQ Assist, talked to Brandi Walker about when this product was created and approved, how effective it has been in saving lives, and how much it has impacted people who save these victim’s lives.
Q1: When was the CPR RsQ Assist device created and approved?
A: I have been in involved with cardiovascular medical devices for the past 45 years and have always been troubled by the fact that sudden cardiac arrest that occurs outside of a hospital has only a 5 percent survival rate. When quality CPR is not immediately performed, EMS is not able to deliver neurologically intact patients to the emergency room. Hands-only CPR is a major breakthrough where bystanders can provide immediate CPR resulting in a more neurologically intact patient being passed off to EMS system. The bottom line is that patients have 10 minutes of well-oxygenated blood in their system. They need someone to move it around for them, and hands-only CPR does that. I decided to invent a device that could help anyone perform quality hands-only CPR. We’ve been working on CPR RsQ Assist for the last three years -- the idea was actually inspired by a broom handle and a plunger. CPR RsQ Assist received FDA approval on December 10, 2013 and is now available for purchase.

Q2: How effective has this device been in saving lives?
A: Using your hands to do CPR chest compressions can be exhausting. CPR RsQ Assist eases the application of chest compressions, and has voice commands and flashing light indicators to guide the user through the proper cadence of 100 compressions per minute, a frequency that is difficult to achieve when you are attempting to time yourself. It does not require physical interaction with the victim; and can be used over minimal clothing. Independent clinical studies have shown CPR RsQ Assist to reduce fatigue by 90 percent and increase performance results by 94.5 percent over traditional CPR.

Q3: How much has it impacted people who save these victim's lives?
A: Using only your hands to do CPR chest compressions is exhausting and can even be painful. And rescuers with any arthritis, carpel tunnel, etc. may find it impossible to do hands-only chest compression CPR. The ergonomic design of CPR RsQ Assist makes it possible for all potential rescuers to accomplish the task. Early feedback from EMS and medical personnel has shown that while using the device, people's wrists and shoulders are not getting sore and tired, and that compression cadence was very controlled.

Q4: Why is it intended as a one-time disposable device?
A: The FDA requires labeling of any medical device that cannot be steam autoclaved as one-time usage. It can in fact be used multiple times at the owner's discretion.

Q5: How soon could CPR RsQ Assist become widely available?
A: CPR RsQ Assist was recently FDA-approved and is now available for sale. The initial feedback has been very positive and we are working to spread the word to EMS systems and the public that this is an essential safety tool that should be in homes, at work, at the gym and in public places – basically anywhere where there are two or more people.

For more information on this device, visit its website http://cprrsqassist.com/.