Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affects more than 347,000 adults and 7,000 children in the United States each year.1 Whenever SCA strikes, early defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED) like the LIFEPAK CR2 AED is essential to treating fatal ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia.
However, it is also critical to provide as much continuous CPR as possible throughout a resuscitation for the victim’s best chance of survival. In the 2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for cardiopulmonary and emergency cardiovascular care, the importance of CPR during SCA is more direct:1
CPR is the single most important intervention for a patient in cardiac arrest,
and chest compressions should be provided promptly.
With the introduction of Stryker’s exclusive cprINSIGHT analysis technology in the LIFEPAK CR2 AED, pauses for ECG analysis and device charging are reduced or eliminated, allowing more time to deliver chest compressions and increase chest compression fraction (CCF).
1. Shockable (S): When the rhythm is classified S, the necessary pause time is shortened to only the time needed for the rescuer to stand clear and deliver the shock. Hands-off time for ECG analysis and charging the AED are eliminated.
2. Non-shockable (NS): When the rhythm is classified NS, the pause for analysis can be eliminated altogether, allowing for continuous CPR.
3. No decision (ND): Occasionally, cprINSIGHT analysis technology will reach ND, which means that the rhythm analysis during ongoing chest compressions is inconclusive. The device will prompt the rescuer to stop chest compressions to allow for an analysis using SAS. This is a safety feature designed to provide an additional analysis in these infrequent situations
Resuscitation efforts present many challenges to pre-hospital and hospital healthcare providers. To address shortcomings and improve resuscitation efforts, organizations like the AHA and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) review the latest science on resuscitation and provide regular updates to lay rescuers and healthcare providers.
The AHA and ERC Guidelines for high-quality CPR stress the importance of minimizing pauses in chest compressions. They also recommend CCF be as high as possible, with a target of at least 60 percent (Class IIb):1,2
Rhythm detection used in standard AEDs can be negatively impacted by patient movement during AED rhythm analysis. This can lead to inappropriate shock delivery or the failure to deliver shock that was advised.
Approximately 25 percent of errors can be caused by movement of the patient during AED rhythm analysis, mainly due to continuing chest compressions despite AED prompts to stop compressions.9
A study published in January 2021 in Resuscitation compared Amsterdam first responders’ use of the LIFEPAK 1000 AED vs. the LIFEPAK CR2 with cprINSIGHT analysis technology.12 Algorithm accuracy and CPR performance using both devices was reported.
cprINSIGHT analysis technology was designed to reduce pauses and increase CCF during the treatment of SCA patients with the LIFEPAK CR2 AED. The algorithm is safe and effective for use on adults and children.
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