by Rachel Ogbu
A man cheated death through the help of science after he was pronounced clinically dead for 40 minutes but was brought back to life, thanks to a relatively new cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure.
39-year-old Australian, Colin Fiedler from Dandenong in Victoria, was unmistakably dead at The Alfred Hospital last June after suffering a heart attack, according to Australian news outlet Herald Sun. using a mechanical CPR machine called the “AutoPulse,” along with a portable heart-lung machine to keep blood and oxygen flowing to his vital organs, doctor were able to get his heart beating again.
Explaining how it works, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) Intermediate and Sandy, Ore., volunteer David Silvia said:
“It keeps chest pressure continuous and closer to therapeutic level,” “which in turn helps us administer the drugs. And there are no interruptions in CPR because you can shock, and give the drugs while it is running.”
“This has changed the way we work a cardiac arrest incident,” added Nathan Jaqua, an EMT Basic and student firefighter. “We use the same skills, but it changes the entire atmosphere.”
According to reports, Fiedler is one of seven cardiac arrest patients in Australia treated with the technique and one of three revived after being declared dead for 40 to 60 minutes, the Herald Sun notes.
The Huffington Post reports:
The AutoPulse is a non-invasive, cardiac support pump that moves more blood throughout the body than manual compressions, according to manufacturer Zoll. It minimizes no-flow time and squeezes the entire chest as opposed to single-spot CPR.
The AutoPulse was first commercialized in 2003. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have been discussing the usefulness of the CPR device for years, as well.
The U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) conducted a study on the effect of AutoPulse in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitations in 2010. After examining the response of 29 patients, the NCBI concluded that the AutoPulse caused a greater increase of diastolic blood pressure, compared to manual chest compressions. The department added that this device is “promising” and could be beneficial as a care strategy.