Two brothers have patented a CPR device that automatically forces air into the lungs of a person in cardiac arrest and, by eliminating the need for mouth-to-mouth contact, hope to improve the survival rate of heart attack victims.
The device started out as a high school research project and consists of a plastic mouthpiece that clears the victim’s airway, an automated metronome that sets the rate of compression, and an oxygen tank.
The boys hope that, by incorporating their device in AED units or by placing their device alongside them, they’ll see an improvement in the frustratingly low recovery rates for those who receive so-called bystander CPR, currently about 2% of adults recipients.
This device is another approach to eliminate the ‘yuck factor’ of mouth-to-mouth CPR. In 2008 ,the American Heart Association introduced hands-only CPR in its training regimen, where the rescuer pushes down hard and fast at the center of the victim’s chest and forgoes rescue breaths.