Solution

Our Focus and Device

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We are a start-up focused on re-inventing CPR delivery in the catheterization ("cath") lab. We are focused on bringing to market a novel mechanical CPR device, designed specifically for use within the cath lab, which delivers patient-specific CPR compressions while the Interventional Cardiologist is able to continue performing lifesaving measures without angiographic hindrance. 

Current Standard of Care

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The current guidelines for CPR, provided by the American Heart Association (AHA) and adhered to in Canada by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, is to deliver 100-120 compressions per a minute at a depth of between five and six centimeters. However, chest compressions performed in hospital did not meet the recommended frequency (100-120/min) in 30% of cases and required depth (5cm) in 40%. Additionally, weariness started after one minute of manual CPR with a continuous drop in quality during the first three minutes; with adequate compressions (depth and frequency) decreasing from 92% to 67% to 39% during the previously cited timeframe and lowering to 18% after five minutes. 


Source: Brooks SC, Anderson ML, Bruder E, Daya MR, Gaffney A, Otto CW, Singer AJ, Thiagarajan RR, Travers AH. Part 6: alternative techniques and ancillary devices for cardiopulmonary resuscitation: 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation. 2015;132(suppl 2):S436-S443.

Problem

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In spite of the development of mechanical CPR devices, the AHA only advises their use in unfavorable situations, such as the catheterization lab, where it is very difficult to administer high-quality compressions given the proximity of the necessary imaging equipment. The current devices either use a piston positioned directly above the chest cavity or a load-distributing band, both of which greatly interfere with angiographic imaging and the ability of the healthcare professional to complete time-sensitive procedures with every minute being vital for recovery.