CPR RsQ Assist® device improves life-saving efforts during cardiac emergencies
A number of studies have shown the quality of chest compressions deteriorates quickly after beginning CPR as bystanders become fatigued. One such study showed that many bystanders, acting on adrenaline, provide in excess of 150 compressions in the first minute, and fewer than 50 compressions subsequently, primarily due to exhaustion. American Heart Association guidelines for CPR call for uninterrupted chest compressions at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute for at least two minutes.
CPR RsQ Assist® is a portable handheld device that simplifies CPR and aligns with AHA guidelines. Providing adequate chest compressions during a sudden cardiac arrest is the standard of care for optimal patient outcomes. Independent studies show that CPR RsQ Assist® improves quality of chest compressions by 95 percent over manual methods and reduces fatigue caused by repetitive compressions by 90 percent.
The ergonomic design of CPR RsQ Assist® features an easy-to-grip nonslip handle, which allows the rescuer to leverage upper body strength and weight as he or she pushes hard and fast to deliver quality compressions in the center of the victim’s chest. CPR RsQ Assist® is designed to work over minimal clothing. A silicone pillow base of the device is about four times larger than the heel of a rescuer’s hand, thereby delivering the downward force over a greater target surface area.
“The beauty of this device is its simplicity,” said Dr. Robert Tober, EMS director in Collier County, Florida, and medical director for CPR RsQ Assist®. “It takes the guesswork out of delivering quality CPR for both bystanders and trained rescuers.”
Chuck Davis, Pike County, Ohio, EMS director, purchased CPR RsQ Assist® devices for each of the department’s six emergency medical vehicles and one for the Pike Community Hospital after he and a bystander used a CPR RsQ Assist® device to resuscitate a 66-year-old man who went into sudden cardiac arrest. After successful resuscitation, the patient was safely transported to the hospital for further care.
Davis and other Pike County EMS personnel who subsequently tested the device recognized the value of CPR RsQ Assist® in improving CPR performance. “Everybody was quite impressed with its ease and simplicity,” Davis said.
“While using CPR RsQ Assist®, I noticed that my wrists and shoulders were not getting sore and tired,” Davis said. “I was delivering nice easy compressions, and it was easy to control the depth.”
North Texas paramedic and blogger Sean Eddy also endorsed CPR RsQ Assist® as an essential life-saving device. “It could be of great benefit to providers (such as those in rural areas) who might be waiting a long time for an ambulance or extra help to arrive,” he noted.
EMS providers know the importance of immediate action in the case of sudden cardiac arrest to keep blood flowing from the heart to the brain. Without a continual supply of blood, brain damage can occur in only a few minutes; death or permanent brain damage can happen as quickly as four to six minutes. At 10 minutes, a person’s chances of survival are nearly zero. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. Often, the time for that to happen is before the arrival of paramedics or EMS providers.
With CPR RsQ Assist®, even those without CPR training have the capability to save a life. Easy-to-follow voice commands and a visual metronome enable bystanders to deliver quality CPR according to AHA guidelines. In the Pike County emergency, Davis called on a bystander to aid paramedics when the victim became unresponsive while they were assessing his condition in the ambulance.
Davis recalled the incident:
“We were at a ball field and there were plenty of people around. I opened the door, and I motioned over the first person to look my way. He asked what I needed. I asked him to hop in the truck and to help with CPR. He said, ‘OK.’
“I opened the CPR RsQ Assist® and handed it to the gentleman. I asked him if he had ever done CPR before and he said, ‘Yes, once.’ I placed the CPR RsQ Assist® on the patient’s chest, placed the gentleman’s hands at 9 and 3 and he was off and doing compressions, with the CPR RsQ Assist® giving him his rhythm. Push, push, push, push, push, etc.”
The patient was rushed to the hospital while CPR continued with CPR RsQ Assist® in the ambulance and in the hospital.
With nearly 90 percent of the more than 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home, increased awareness of life-saving tools such as CPR RsQ Assist®, can lead to greater bystander intervention and, ultimately, improved survival rates. According to a 2015 AHA report, SCA survival to hospital discharge was just 10.6 percent in 2011.
For those who don’t have confidence or training in life-saving techniques, CPR RsQ Assist® will guide them through the steps necessary to save a life. For EMS professionals, CPR RsQ Assist® can aid in delivering quality CPR and reduce fatigue. CPR RsQ Assist® is also available with the standard 30:2 CPR protocol and can be customized in nearly any language. It is currently available in Spanish and French.
CPR RsQ Assist® has proven to be a valuable tool that can improve SCA outcomes as both bystanders and EMS professionals work together in a community-wide approach to life-saving.
The power to restore a heartbeat is in your hands.
About CPR RsQ Assist®
CPR RsQ Assist® is designed for use on people 8 years and older. It is an essential safety tool. The device is available with a custom-designed wall cabinet and signage for easy placement adjacent to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), so rescuers have easy access to both lifesaving devices.
CPR RsQ Assist® is available for purchase online for $79.50; the CPR RsQ Assist® device with a wall cabinet is $122. For more information, please visit www.cprrsqassist.com or call 877-277-7998.