Arizona Air Ambulance Testing Device That Could Aid In CPR

Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 7:49am
Updated: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 7:54am
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A northern Arizona air ambulance service may change how it administers life-saving CPR measures thanks to a new device.

Medics with Guardian Air, which transports critical patients from remote areas of the state's high country, tell the Arizona Daily Sun that it's a struggle to give the proper force and compression rate in a cramped helicopter cabin.

The company is now trying out an automated chest compression device which has a band that wraps around the patient's chest.

Some studies have found the device to be more effective at giving constant compressions in a moving vehicle.

If the trial period goes well, Guardian Air will look to obtain funding to buy seven of the $11,000 machines — one for each chopper.

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