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War Memorial Hospital Uses Grant to Purchase 50 New Life-Stat Mechanical CPR Devices Made by Michigan Instruments, Inc.

Michigan Instruments, Inc. (MII) announces that it has 50 new Life-Stat Mechanical CPR machines being used throughout Northern Michigan. Mechanical CPR offers life-saving advantages over manual CPR, allowing rescuers to focus on other patient needs, which can increase their chances for survival.

War Memorial Hospital and local EMS crews in Sault Ste. Marie received a generous grant, which supported the purchase of mechanical CPR machines for use in their hospital and emergency vehicles. The Life-Stat mechanical CPR devices, which were made by Michigan Instruments in Grand Rapids, are now with EMS crews in the eastern UP, Northern Michigan and at War Memorial Hospital in Sault St. Marie.

Life-Stat does a high impulse compression with ventilation. “It’s so quick to set up that there’s virtually no loss of blood pressure during the transition from manual to mechanical CPR.,” said Vic Frigo, Sales Director of Michigan Instruments.

“We’re proud that the Life-Stat Mechanical CPR machines can now be used throughout Northern Michigan to save lives. Our goal is to provide reliable, effective rescue products that allow local healthcare teams to deliver the best care possible,” said Frigo.

Life-Stat operates consistently, at an optimal chest compression depth with 100 compressions per minute and a pre-programmed Systole/Diastole ratio of 50:50. It does all of this reliably as opposed to manual CPR, which is physically demanding, and can quickly cause rescuer fatigue.

Once Life-Stat is applied to the patient, rescuers are free to focus on the patient’s other needs. Life-Stat can continue CPR even when the patient is being transported to the emergency vehicle. Manual CPR requires at least three rescuers and chest compressions are usually ineffective because of patient transport. However, mechanical CPR requires only two rescuers to transport the patient, and CPR is continued hands-free.

Survivor Story, 45 Minutes of Mechanical CPR

In 2011, Julia Sims suffered a massive cardiac arrest. Minutes later, Julia’s husband called 911 and began performing manual CPR. Local EMS responded within four minutes and switched to Life-Stat mechanical CPR. After 45 minutes of continuous, uninterrupted chest compressions and 12 shocks from an AED Julia was revived. She suffered no brain damage because the Life-Stat delivered high-impulse compressions ensuring blood circulated to her brain and to other vital organs (The full story is available on the website at
Developed in accordance with the current AHA Guidelines for CPR, Life-Stat is meant to be used by all types of EMS and hospital applications and is available worldwide.

About Michigan Instruments

Michigan Instruments has designed and manufactured specialized medical equipment related to the fields of cardiovascular medicine, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and respiratory therapy for over fifty years. The company has built a reputation for products of exceptional quality, which has earned the respect from thousands of customers, associates, and medical professionals throughout the world.

MII complies with Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for Good Manufacturing Practices as well as international ISO standards for quality management systems. Both the FDA and ISO systems require continuous control over all activities that assure the quality of Michigan Instruments products and services. MII has built a strong foundation for growth based on the dedication of its staff, a close relationship with the medical community, long useful life of its products and by its commitment to produce the highest quality products.

For more information about mechanical CPR devices contact Michigan Instruments at [email protected] or 616-554-9696.