CPR Assistance for Home Environment

Abstract

Sudden cardiac arrest is still today one of the most common cause of death. In Sweden there is around 10000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest each year. AED’s (Automatic external defibrillator’s) are becoming more common each year. But how can the concept of a public AED be applied in a home environment. This project explores those possibilities aimed at sparsely populated areas where it takes longer for ambulance to arrive

Inspiration and Method

This project was inspired by a campaign from the swedish heart-lung foundation. The purpose of the campaign was to encourage companies to implement an AED in the workplace and to create more heart safe zones. This got me thinking and I asked myself about the possibilities of implementing the concept of a public AED in a home environment. During the project I talked to both professionals within emergency healthcare, heart patients and other people otherwise engaged in this particular topic or product to gain valuable information. During my research it became clear that CPR is far more important when it comes to saving lives. By performing CPR before defibrillation you gain a wider time frame for life saving and increase the chance of survival.

Result

The result is a more compact and more aesthetically pleasing in both form and color in order for it to fit the home environment. It also takes into account the importance of CPR by making the AED teach CPR visually to the user. Since the survival rate increases if you perform CPR before defibrillation. The concept is also integrated with a service called SMS-lifesavers in order to promote awareness and a community for saving lives during sudden cardiac arrest.