life stat mechanical cpr

More importantly than anything, Michigan Instruments’ Life-Stat mechanical CPR device saves lives. In Farmdale, Ohio, Leonard Osborn went into cardiac arrest and didn’t have a heartbeat for 16 minutes.

Thankfully, Osborn’s family members contacted 911. Within minutes, he was hooked up to the Life-Stat from Michigan Instruments and survived.

The Life-Stat: Michigan Instruments’ Mechanical CPR Device

The Johnson Fire Department used funds from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to purchase two Life-Stat devices from Michigan Instruments. One of the first members of the fire department’s EMS crew to respond to Osborn’s emergency, Mary Kay Sly, said; ”It was amazing to see how it worked and to know how effective of a tool it is.”

The Life-Stat is a mechanical CPR device designed to deliver continuous chest compressions, with an option to ventilate, to a patient in a state of acute cardiac arrest. The Life-Stat is light-weight and easy to use. Additionally, the transition from manual CPR can be done with minimal interruption to compressions. 

Read more about Michigan Instruments CPR and the benefits.

How The Life-Stat Saved Osborn’s Life

The medical director for Johnson Township EMS, said mechanical CPR surpasses manual CPR (given by a person) because it can guarantee the rate, depth, and quality of the compressions. Plus, it gives the first responders the ability to complete other tasks because they are not administering CPR manually. 

“There is no way a person could keep up with the amount of compressions it often takes in a situation like this,” said Dr. Jeffery Bedlion, when asked about using mechanical CPR to save Osborn’s life. 

Osborn regained a spontaneous heartbeat while being transferred to the emergency room. According to Mary Kay Sly, this was about 16 minutes after he “clinically died.” Once arriving at the Warren hospital, Osborn was admitted to the intensive care unit where he underwent a cardiac procedure. 

Thankfully, Osborn was discharged only a few days later. Soon after, he and his wife visited the Johnson Township Fire Department to thank the crew that saved his life, to which Osborn said; “I owe them big.” 

Know The Signs of a Heart Attack

The American Heart Association (AHA) lists the following as the most common signs of a heart attack: 

  • Chest discomfort
    • In the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and then returns. It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. 
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
    • Including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath
    • With or without chest discomfort
  • Nausea 
    • Possibly cold sweat, or lightheadedness. 

Without early medical intervention and consistent compressions, someone suffering from a heart attack can suffer permanent damage or even death.

The Hands-Free CPR Solution

Michigan Instruments Automated CPR devices have saved countless lives and continue to improve first responders’ life-saving intervention. These devices provide high-quality, uninterrupted CPR no matter the circumstance. 

Interested in the Life-Stat or Thumper for your hospital or emergency service? Read more about the benefits and specs and request a quote for a device today. 

Mechanical CPR Most Frequently Asked Questions

Mechanical CPR has been around since the 1960s, starting when we made an oxygen-powered piston on an adjustable arm to deliver compressions called the Thumper®.

As a company that specializes in automated CPR devices and lung simulators, we receive many questions from medical professionals and educators alike surrounding this device. 

Below, we outlined the most frequently asked questions about mechanical CPR. 

1. Can I Trade In My Old Automated CPR Device?

Yes! At Michigan Instruments, we offer a trade-in allowance for any manufacturer’s automated CPR device.

Just make sure to let us know when requesting a quote if you’re upgrading an older CPR device, or have one already out of service.

Have more questions or want to learn more? Visit our FAQ page for more information.

2. How Does the Life-Stat® Fully Meet the 2015 AHA Guidelines?

As outlined in the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, the Life-Stat® is capable of providing both Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) cardiopulmonary resuscitation protocols. 

This is achieved by using an electronic timing control powered by 2 inexpensive 9-volt alkaline batteries.

3. What are the Dimensions and Weight of the Life-Stat®?

The Life-Stat® CPR measures at:

  • 22-½” (57.2 cm) in height
  • 7-⅝” (19.4 cm) in width
  • 18-¼” (46.4 cm) in length
  • 19 lbs (8.6 kg) in weight

Have more questions or want to learn more? Visit our FAQ page for more information.

4. Can the Life-Stat® Be Used on Infants or Children?

No. Current AHA guidelines do not recommend the use of mechanical CPR on infants or children.

5. What are the Comparisons Between the Thumper® and Life-Stat® CPR?

While both the Thumper® and Life-Stat® are quite similar, there is one key difference between them ventilation is not applicable with the Thumper®, whereas the Life-Stat® delivers volume-based ventilation.

Below is a table comparing the Model 1007 Thumper®s to the Model 1008 Life-Stat®.

Thumper® MODEL 1007CC Life-Stat® MODEL 1008
Compression Depth Control Up to 5 turns or 0 to 8 cm of depth Up to 5 turns or 0 to 8 cm of depth
Arm Lock Mechanism Requires only one turn from lock to unlock position Requires only one turn from lock to unlock position
Pressure Regulation Built-in pressure regulator and pressure relief valve to prevent damage Built-in pressure regulator and pressure relief valve to prevent damage
Pressure and Flow Visual indicator for correct input pressure Visual indicator for correct input pressure
Ventilation Not applicable Delivered volume-based ventilation
Storing Stores in “use” position Stores in “use” position

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