Saudi Arabia-based Al Mana General Hospital has selected Zoll Medical to use its AutoPulse resuscitation system to help save patients who experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the cardiac catheterisation (cath) lab.
Initially, the AutoPulse was used to perform high-quality chest compressions on a patient who went into SCA during an angioplasty (PCI) procedure days after the automated CPR device was purchased.
Zoll Medical is an Asahi Kasei group company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions.
In October, the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) released guidelines, which cited automated CPR devices’ role in performing high-quality CPR when manual CPR is difficult to achieve.
According to Al Mana Cath Lab chief Abdullah El Tayeb and cath lab technicians head Majdi Robin, the AutoPulse provided high-quality compressions because staff could not.
Tayeb said: "During an angioplasty procedure, an x-ray machine is needed to see the coronaries.
"If a staff member were to perform CPR, PCI cannot be done.
"The AutoPulse performs high-quality chest compressions, and because of its radio-translucence, we could easily see clear images with the x-ray."
The company noted the patient had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and rearrested during PCI.
Robin said: "When the patient collapsed suddenly, we did not expect him to survive, as we’ve witnessed arrest scenes many times, but the AutoPulse made a big difference.
"Because of the AutoPulse, we were able to do prolonged high-quality CPR on this patient in a difficult environment in the cath lab.
"Ultimately, this patient survived to hospital discharge with a good neurological outcome, and is now back at home in India."
AutoPulse, which provides high-quality automated CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, has been shown to reduce interruptions in CPR by more than 85% when compared to manual CPR, and can be applied in as little as 14 seconds.