First responders often carry chest compression systems to provide automated chest compressions to patients in cardiac arrest. Chest compression systems provide several benefits to emergency caregivers:
- Giving continuous, manual chest compressions can be tiring
- In certain situations, giving chest compressions can be impossible
- Automated compressions allows emergency personnel to focus other life-saving services
- Mechanically controlled systems provide uninterrupted chest compressions
Continuous, regular compressions
Providing continuous, uniform hands-on CPR is physically demanding. Manual compression frequency naturally slows after a minute or so, and compressions become not as deep. For this reason, the person performing CPR switch with someone else after 2 minutes. Chest compression systems ensure that consistent, regular compressions are provided that manual compressions may not.
Compressions in challenging situations
Chest compression machines can provide continued mechanical compressions while EMS personnel are transporting the victim to an ambulance or hospital. Most machines are rated to work at an angle, allowing first responders to provide continuous chest compressions while carrying patients down stairs. Chest compression systems also function where room to work is limited, including elevators, around tight corners, and on gurneys. Using chest compression devices allow EMS personnel to transport patients that hands-on CPR prevents.
Other lifesaving tasks
Automated compression systems free first responders to concentrate on other life saving tasks, such as preparing an automatic external defibrillator (AED) device for first use or gurney. The most important lifesaving task the compression machine permits is moving the patient to a hospital. Most systems function while the patient is at an angle while being carried down stairs or around a sharp corner, and in an ambulance.
Chest Compression Systems Vendors and Products
The following include some of the better known and most popular compression systems products. All are lightweight, and include a battery, charger, backboard or frame, stabilization straps, and carrying case.
- Difibtech Lifeline ARM
- Lucas Chest Compression System
- Michigan Instruments Thumper Mechanical CPR
- Zoll AutoPulse Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation System