News | March 10, 2008

Michigan Instruments Announces Launch Of New Life-Stat CPR Device

Grand Rapids, MI - Michigan Instruments, Inc. recently announces the launch of its new life support device that provides effective, consistent hands-free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Life-Stat is a life-saving mechanical CPR device provides rescuer hands-free America Heart Association Guideline-compliant CPR in either the 30:2 compression to ventilation ratio or continuous chest compressions with asynchronous ventilation modes of operation.

Formerly known as the Thumper CPR System, the recently FDA cleared Life-Stat is based on Michigan Instruments' proven mechanical CPR principles developed over the last forty years combined with modern electronic control. 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 will be made available worldwide.

The Life-Stat is based on the proven and reliable technology of Michigan Instruments' previous mechanical CPR devices but it is modernized by the use of electronic control to coordinate chest compressions with ventilation. Life-Stat mechanical CPR can be rapidly deployed and set up such that there is virtually no loss of chest compressions during transition from manual CPR. Once the Life-Stat is applied to the patient, the rescuers are freed to provide further treatment because they are spared the intensive work of manual CPR tasks. The Life-Stat can provide CPR even when the patient is being carried on an emergency board in stairways from the rescue site to the emergency vehicle. Once in the emergency vehicle, rescuers can strap in to their seatbelts enroute to the hospital while Life-Stat provides effective, automatic CPR.

Through electronic controls, the Life-Stat has simplified setup and operation. It accommodates a wide range of patients, from small adults to bariatric patients. The Life-Stat produces higher levels of continuous cardiopulmonary support when compared with typical manual CPR. 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 can be quickly changed by electronic control from the 30:2 chest compressions to ventilation ratio for facemask ventilation CPR to the continuous chest compressions with asynchronous ventilation for advanced airway setups. It does all of this reliably as opposed to manual CPR because manual CPR is very physically demanding and quickly causes noticeable rescuer fatigue.

As reported by the AHA, most rescuers inadvertently perform less effective CPR after only one minute. They change any or all of the important CPR techniques of chest compression depth, rate, or ratio especially as fatigue sets in. This compromises circulation of blood needed to maintain the vital organs. To provide effective manual CPR, rescuers need to change places at least every two minutes. In contrast, using the Life-Stat a rescuer can provide AHA Guideline consistent and effective CPR continuously for as long as needed regardless of rescuer size or physical condition.

The Life-Stat is meant to be used in a variety of settings including ambulances, air medivac units, EMT rescue, fire rescue, emergency department, as well as in-hospital areas such as coronary and intensive care units, cardiac catheterization labs and organ transplant facilities.

SOURCE: Michigan Instruments, Inc.