In an emergency, every second counts. Many first responders, however, do not know how to behave properly in a critical situation, for example, when finding an unconscious person. Uncertainty often prevents a quick reanimation. Although often the right actions such as controlling the breathing and the pulse are taken only about half of the first responders recognize a cardiovascular failure or immediately start with reanimation measures on the victim.
To improve the survival chances of emergency patients, neocor GmbH, a spin-off of the KIT, has developed an innovative first aid sensor, which quickly and reliably tells helpers on the spot that a cardiac arrest has occurred. The need is great: in Germany alone 100,000 people die of sudden cardiac death annually.
The sudden cardiac death is one of the most common causes of death and, measured upon the number of dead people per year, ranks even higher than strokes or cancer. It is caused by the fact that during a cardiovascular failure the blood can no longer be pumped effectively through the heart and other organs vital for survival. Although in most cases a cardiovascular failure is reversible – if the right measures are performed quickly enough.
The Sensor CPR|Check developed by neocor GmbH delivers a quick diagnosis and can therefore rid the first responders of uncertainty. The walnut sized sensor automatically recognizes the vital parameters of the patient in just a few seconds. Simply attaching the sensor to the neck of the patient is enough and the sensor shows whether or not a reanimation is necessary. Dr. Marc Jäger, managing director and founder of the firm, explains the way the high tech sensor works with the comparison to “a sensitive finger, which recognizes the pulse waves”. The innovative technology measures the currents, which are caused by pulse and breathing, and can therefore recognize whether blood is still flowing to the brain and the patient is still breathing. The sensor system is designed so compactly that it fits on any key ring and, thanks to the easy handling, is a layman appropriate decision-making aid in an emergency.
Currently, the CPR|Check has its first implementation with rescue teams in Bavaria but, additionally, a use in private households, such as with care-dependent persons, is planned for the future.
The basic idea for the development of this life-saving first aid sensor emerged at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): the spin-off was founded in 2010.