By Andrew Liszewski
In the same way a lot of other skills can be forgotten when not used for a while it’s been found that most people who have taken CPR training are unable to properly administer the life saving procedure less than 6 months later including doctors and nurses. Kind of scary.
Well Corey Centen and Nilesh Patel, two engineering students from McMaster University in Ontario have created the CPR glove that will hopefully be effective at ensuring the procedure is always done correctly.
The black, one-size-fits-all CPR Glove features a series of sensors and chips that measure the frequency and depth of compressions being administered during CPR and outputs the data to a digital display.
To be effective, compressions must be given at the rate of 100 per minute and at a depth of four to five centimeters.
A study measuring retention of CPR training published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that 59 per cent of the time, compressions were applied at the rate of only 80 per minute. Thirty-seven per cent of the time, the compressions were too shallow. CPR administered at these levels is not likely to save a person in cardiac arrest.
The students have entered their invention in the ‘Ontario Engineering Competition’ but have already filed a provisional US patent on their technology and are looking for manufacturers interested in producing the glove that they hope will one day be a standard part of any first-aid package.
A video of the CPR glove being demonstrated can be found here.