Safely Administering CPR During Patient Transport
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a life-saving medical procedure performed on an individual who is in cardiac arrest. When CPR is done manually, it is difficult to do well for an extended period of time. It also puts the provider at risk of injury. Manual CPR is particularly difficult to administer while the patient is being transported, whether in an ambulance to the hospital or between different areas of the hospital.
The difficulty in delivering quality manual CPR and danger to the provider are particularly acute if the patient is being transported in an ambulance, and it is virtually impossible to administer manual CPR while the patient is being moved down stairs.
EMS professionals either cover rural areas or are tasked with transporting a patient in a metro area with heavy traffic. He or she may not be able to provide the patient with the ideal treatment or care they require in a moving vehicle. Since ensuring first responder and patient safety should be of utmost priority during transport, the use of automatic CPR devices is a safer, higher-quality alternative for providers who transport cardiac arrest patients.
When compared to manual CPR, automated CPR devices allow for consistent, uninterrupted compressions that are more effective. In addition, automated CPR ensures consistency of compressions which is unmatched by typical manual CPR.
Many of our customers have found that using an Automated CPR device like our Life-Stat or Thumper devices is safe and effective when patient transport poses a unique set of challenges and dangers, like:
- Extended travel times due to long-distances in rural areas or traffic congestion in cities
- Moving a patient down stairs where manual CPR is all but impossible
- In a helicopter or air rescue where providers must be secured
- When there are not enough healthcare providers available to assist all patient needs or with multiple patients
Our automatic CPR devices are designed to deliver prolonged, consistent compressions allowing medical professionals to focus on other areas of patient care or provider safety. Patients can easily be transported, even at an incline/decline, and our Life-Stat and Thumper will continue to perform without interruption.
See the Difference Thumper and Life-Stat CPR Devices Provide
Interested in more information about the automated CPR devices available from Michigan Instruments? Contact us today to learn more, or request a quote.
You can also download our Automated CPR Brochure for pre-hospital providers here.