Design of a low-cost, portable, and automated cardiopulmonary resuscitation device for emergency scenarios in Ecuador

Michael Dziekan, Shadman Jubaer, Victoria Sell, Sudhanshu Manda, Asem Aboelzahab, Romero Sebastian Velastegui, Juan Camilo Mejia-Viana, Jorge Alfredo Uquillas

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Approximately 90% of patients who suffer out-ofhospital cardiac arrest die [1]. Thus, when a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) maneuver is needed, rescuer fatigue is a problem because more than 2 minutes of continuous CPR translates in defective delivery of the resuscitation technique [2]. This problem has two main components: first, lack of access to trained professionals with adequate emergency medical equipment, and second, the long delay to receive immediate medical care [3]. After the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador on April 2016, first responders were unable to deliver CPR to hundreds of victims, resulting in preventable deaths [3]. Though commercially available CPR devices exist, the prohibitive cost of such devices makes them inaccessible for hospitals in Ecuador. Therefore, there is a need for a low-cost, portable, automated CPR device to combat lack of access to emergency medical equipment and rescuer fatigue, while keeping patients alive long enough to endure transportation to a medical facility. To address this need, this team has manufactured a portable automated CPR device that costs 540 and weights 4.5 kg. The device can be powered by any car or boat battery, and is equipped with a backup battery. Effective CPR can be administered following the American Heart Association guidelines, to provide 6 cm of chest displacement at 120 compressions per minute [4]. The device is easy to use, and can be operable on-site with minimal training to emergency personnel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 2nd Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting, ETCM 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538638941
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2018
Event2nd IEEE Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting, ETCM 2017 - Salinas, Ecuador
Duration: 16 Oct 201720 Oct 2017


Conference2nd IEEE Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting, ETCM 2017


  • automatic
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Ecuador
  • emergency
  • low-cost
  • medical device
  • portable


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