Reaching more laypeople with CPR training
|Without bystander CPR, chances of survival drop by 7 -10% per minute after respiratory or cardiac arrest. Ambulances typically have a response time of over 10 minutes. In the western world, 70 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in the home. The typical patient is a male over 65 years of age. The most likely bystander will therefore be a family-member or a friend. Thus, both more people and the right people must be trained in CPR. To help address this need, Laerdal has developed a low-cost training kit, allowing video coached self-training in CPR in less than 30 minutes. This has enabled partners and institutions to initiate large scale CPR training targeting those who are most likely to be bystanders of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.|
Providing better healthcare and training through simulation
In the report ”To Err is Human”, the Institute of Medicine estimated that 50-100.000 patients die every year as a result of medical errors in hospitals only in the US. This has contributed to much growing attention to improving patient safety. Patient simulation training has been identified as one of the most important measures to contribute to this. Simulation is an educational methodology - not a technology – that allows interactive training and debriefing in teams, using realistic scenarios, and with no risks to the patients. Laerdal has in the last years introduced a series of realistic patient simulators and become the leading international supplier in this area.
Helping Babies Breathe in developing countries
|The majority of preventable deaths occur in developing countries. In order to reach Millennium development Goal 4, i.e. to reduce infant and child deaths by 2/3 from 1990 till 2015, several million birth attendants need to be trained in newborn resuscitation. The Helping Babies Breathe project has been initiated by The American Academy of Pediatrics in cooperation with among others USAID, WHO and Save the Children. The goal is to save one million newborns per year in developing countries from death due to birth asphyxia, i.e. when newborns do not start to breathe on their own and require help from a skilled attendant to take their first breath. Laerdal is helping to meet this challenge by providing more efficient educational tools that facilitate training of large numbers of birth attendants through a cascading dissemination model.|
Improving CPR Quality
|According to the 2005 AHA and ERC guidelines, high-quality CPR, particularly effective chest compressions, contributes significantly to the successful resuscitation of cardiac arrest patients. The guidelines recommend that rescuers minimize interruptions to chest compressions and suggest that rescuers "push at least 4-5 cms" at a rate 100 compressions per minute. This is hard to judge by rescuers and research indicates that caregivers, on the whole, do not perform CPR within established guidelines. Laerdal is seeking to improve CPR Quality by providing caregivers with accurate, real-time guidance for optimal CPR delivery both for training and during therapy.|