Each year, the emergency department (ED) in Beaumont Hospital provides care to over 50,000 patients. Over 100 of these arrive havinf suffered a cardiac arrest.
In order to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients and avoid neurological damage, a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain is needed. Life-sustaining circulation can be created through effective and uninterrupted chest compressions. But performing manual chest compressions of high quality is both difficult and tiring, and impossible in certain situations. The quality varies depending on who provides CPR and deteriorates quickly after only one, two minutes.
In the event of a prolonged resuscitation, multiple staff members can be involved in rotating the CPR on the patient which means they are unavailable to attend other patients in the ED for the duration.
Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, we have been able to fund the purchase of a Chest Compression System which delivers automated compressions at a consistent rate and depth to facilitate return of spontaneous circulation.Click here to see all projects funded in 2015