System for Providing Emergency Medical Care with Real-Time Instructions and Associated Methods
This disclosure describes the Basic Life Support System (BLSS) and a just-in-time training procedure for a first responder who must administer cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Just-in-time support (JITS) provides responders with advanced technology to provide effective CPR. The BLSS provides just-in-time support (using audio prompts and graphical animations) on key treatment procedures to resuscitate a sudden cardiac arrest victim. The BLSS consists of support devices, with embedded sensors, and software that facilitate airway management, rescue breathing, chest compressions, and activation of an AED. The BLSS provides corrective feedback at each stage of the resuscitation effort.
CPR / AED training: The JITS framework can be easily adapted to training programs for CPR and AED use. Nearly 20 million individuals are to be trained to perform CPR annually in the U.S. by 2010. The BLSS can serve as an automated system that provides fast and effective training with instantaneous feedback on user performance.
Public Access market: Most AEDs, currently available in the market, offer only limited CPR support. Further, delays in activation of the AED and pad placement can significantly affect patient outcomes. Currently, responders are required to be trained to perform CPR and use an AED effectively. The JITS system, described in this disclosure, can enable any willing bystander (with or without previous medical experience) to perform effective CPR and successfully resuscitate a victim.
Stage of Development
A formal patent application has been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A 2nd generation prototype of the BLSS delivered to NASA (who funded the research) for evaluation. The technology has been proven to improve CPR performance in several volunteer studies with high school students, flight attendants and the University of Utah community. Currently, seeking partners for development, manufacturing and sales of commercial product versions. It is available for developmental research support/licensing under either exclusive or non-exclusive terms.
Drews, F. A., et al. Development and evaluation of just-in-time training to provide cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp. 1507 - 1510)
Daniel Snell, SantoshKumar Balakrishnan, Srinath Lingutla, Frank Drews
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