Here in the U.S. this week, one of our most respected political journalist and host of NBC’s “Meet The Press” died at the young age of 58 from sudden cardiac arrest. Bringing new attention to the global heart disease issue, his sudden death was not only a shock but could have been prevented if proper life saving techniques were performed. Proper application of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can increase the chances of a victim surviving by up to 50%. Designer Ryan Helps (yup, really his name) has addressed this issue with his “CPR-PAD” design. When applied to the chest, this monitor/aid shows the optimal way to push the chest correctly, clicks when proper pressure is achieved and flashes the power light for proper rhythm. Having one of these easy to understand, life-saving devices readily available in the work place or any public place would not only qualify almost anyone to perform a minor miracle, but save countless lives.

Designer: Ryan Helps

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  • Ken says:

    Cardiac arrest is terrible. if not handled properly would result in death. This device is important for everyone as a backup in their medic box or somewhere near. Btw, it’s kind of funny there using nipples as an alignment. what if the person is woman?!

    • Rick says:

      Last time I checked; Most women have nipples. ??

      • Shoovi says:

        Rick: Pozitive, they have 😉

      • Anon says:

        Some women have their breasts move slightly to the side, or they are moved into a push-up position by a bra. this causes their nipples ot be out of alignment? Maybe thats what he means

    • Todd says:

      if it is a woman you still use the nipples as a landmark for hand placement.

  • Shiella says:

    Is it portable? I think some people need to bring it everywhere.

  • 23edr says:

    it really helps

  • ryan helps says:

    hi, thanks for putting this up, and yes that really is my name! I graduate this year from DeMontfort University Leicester ENG, below is a link to my online portfolio. I am also exhibiting at New Designers London 9-13th July

    thanks ry

  • weatherman says:

    Solves a lot of the problems that people run into when nobody is really trained in CPR. It’s missing a second light for the respiration portion though.

    • ryan helps says:

      this was on the origional design, but now staff in the NHS are trained not to give breathes, and concentrate on compressions, the reason being is the compression itself will draw enough air into the chest on its own, or at least a little, if you stop compressing to give breaths, the blood is no longer being pushed aropund the body, this means that your brain is not being nurished with O2, this can lead to brain damage.

      • Todd says:

        The main reason for doing compressions only is that doing something is better than doing nothing, because most people will not perform mouth-to-mouth on a stranger without a barrier device in fear of getting AIDS but from what i gather there has not been a reported case of AIDS being transmitted by cpr

  • hu_hu_cool says:

    Just to point out that this thing is designed wrong. From the photo i can see that it implies that you press right between the nipples. In traditional CPR you would be pressing much lower on the sternum. If you were to press where this indicates, it wouldn’t work half as good and you’d probably hurt the person.

    • Mclarenlover69 says:

      Exactly… very strange… not to mention you would have to waste a LOT more energy to get the right amount of compression in this placement.

      As a member of the rescue squad, I can tell you that if you aren’t breaking their ribs, you aren’t pushing hard enough… this thing is only going to get in the way…

      Also, actually, it is now thought that the respirations are unnecessary. If you want to do them, fine, but they aren’t needed. The force required for the compressions creates enough airflow (assuming the head is in the proper position… if it isn’t it’s a complete waste of time to be doing any of this) to get roughly the same amount of oxygen into the lungs as you would if you were physically breathing into their mouth. Of course, thats a different story if you are able to intubate and use a bag to respirate constantly…

    • EMS_Provider says:

      This is incorrect, much lower would apply pressure on the Xiphoid Process which could lead to further complications or death. You line up at the mid nipple line.

      • ryan helps says:

        thankyou! the last thing i want to do is design a product where there is a chance that the user could injure the patient, particularly when the xyphoid process is well researched as a no go area when compressing the chest. i have researched this guys and girls, and it has been approved by medical staff in the UK. lets not forget that people who us this are not trained like some of you, so simple uncomplicated instruction is needed in a stressfull situation for the user(untrained) has the confidence to perform CPR.

      • Todd says:

        You are absolutely correct I am an American Red Cross cpr/aed/ first aid instructor, and former emergency medical technician…

      • Todd says:

        I guess they need to read the current AHA guidelines on cpr

  • I remember when we were taught how to do CPR in school… do they not practice this everywhere?

    • TH says:

      Yeah, but most people would not have had any practice or refresher course in this for years, and in the panic of a real situation (haven’t been there, luckily *knocks on wood*) one tends to get confused. I think it’s a good idea for a product but I’d also be a bit worried it might get on the way.

      • Robert says:

        Over here (Slovenia, EU) first aid and CPR training have always been mandatory to get your driving license. I know of at least 2 cases where that came useful (heart-attack, not car crash). But both cases involved drivers taking driving exams less than 5 years ago.

        There’s no requirement to renew knowledge so after driving for 20 years one wonders if his help would keep patient alive or just put him out of the misery. Hopefully adrenaline kicks in and you get blast-from-the-past instant recollection. One thing I do remember from the course though: “Press hard and don’t be afraid to break the ribs!”

      • Todd says:

        I have performed cpr a few times than i care to remember, even on my own father. it usually is a panic situation for the un-trained.

  • SapphireMind says:

    There are also some that advise doing abdominal compressions, since so much of the blood is centered there, you don’t need to use the heart (if it’s not working anyway) to circulate the blood, the compression will do it. Also doesn’t require breathing, like common thoughts in current CPR.

    I will tell you with all that, the journalist in question had CPR started immediately, but what he needed was an AED.

    It’s important to remember, with adults, you either get the AED or send someone to get an AED first, before really doing anything else. (besides calling ems, which can be done simultaneously.) The rules are different for children/infants, because almost all causes of cardiac arrest in them are caused by respiratory arrest. In grownups, it’s often an actual problem with the heart.

    CPR, although it is better than nothing, and can provide some time, really isn’t the end-all be-all of saving lives, although it would be nice if it were.

    • Todd says:

      It really is all about the AED, for every minute an AED is not being used your chance of survival decreases by 10%

  • Korinthian says:

    Hah. At first I thought this was a guide to groping.

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