When sudden cardiac arrest strikes, time is a critical factor as immediate action can dramatically increase the patient’s chances of survival. Bystanders are often the first to encounter a cardiac arrest victim, and equipping them with a device designed to improve the quality of their CPR enhances their confidence and makes them more inclined to help.
“Quality” CPR involves proper rate (100 per minute), depth (2” or 5cm), and full recoil. Many AEDs have CPR coaching to offer guidance with rate, but gauging depth can be a lot more difficult. Medical Feedback Technologies created the Beaty device to help bystanders competently perform CPR. The feedback provided by this device allows real-time adjustments of their compressions, so they achieve the ideal depth. When the proper depth and full recoil are achieved, the victim’s heart is able to provide sufficient blood flow to the brain, heart, and other vital organs. This increases the chance for survival and better neurological outcomes for the victims, as well as providing a sense of capability for the rescuers.
Focus for the development of this device was centered on the following dynamics:
Simplicity – As medical emergencies are very stressful, even simple tasks such as turning on a device may be challenging. Beaty turns on with the first compression.
Dimensions – This device was developed to be both small and effective so it can easily be stored in AED cabinets, AED cases, and first aid kits. This puts them in easily accessible, and logical, locations.
Design – Beaty is specifically designed to encourage use, with an innovative and sleek design so people can carry it easily.
Price – Priced just under $30, this little device is a perfect addition to rescue kits.
If you are looking for a CPR aid which is easy to carry with you and allows you to more effectively perform ideal compressions, the Beaty is an excellent device to add to your keychain, your AED case, AED Cabinet, or first aid kit. Perfect for first responders and private citizens, the Beaty gives the user confidence they are doing the most they can for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
Can be used with or without the rubber “jacket” (shown at right). The removable jacket (included) decreases wrist fatigue during long rescues by adding an extra layer of padding between the heal of the palm and the device.