Make Way, Here’s the Future of CPR

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) has always demanded the utmost skill and accuracy from first responders. Unfortunately, without intensive training and re-certification, CPR skills can deteriorate over time – even in as little as six months (learn more about CPR Retention).

For this reason, Iridia Medical has partnered with Physio-Control to help distribute their innovative TrueCPR coaching device to Canadian first responders.

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TrueCPR

In simple terms, TrueCPR is a portable device that measures CPR quality on the fly. TrueCPR is able to take the guesswork out of CPR by providing real-time feedback to healthcare professionals – leading to better outcomes.  

From Physio-Control:

“The best outcomes demand the best CPR. Simple enough to say, but in the heat of a cardiac resuscitation, accurately assessing CPR performance—even knowing your true chest compression depth, rate and recoil—can be anything but easy. And in your world, the constant drive for performance improvement makes the challenge of measuring CPR quality more critical than ever.”

TrueCPR differs from other devices in two important areas: TrueCPR works in conjunction with any brand defibrillator and it measures sternal-spinal displacement using three-dimensional magnetic fields.

During an Event

Once the device has been placed on the chest, it immediately begins to analyze, measure and benchmark the quality of CPR delivered – establishing a feedback loop for response teams.

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During chest compressions TrueCPR shows you exactly what you are doing right and where you need improvement. Compression depth, rate and recoil are displayed in real time on a highly visible dial on the patient’s chest. In addition, a CPR metronome and ventilation prompts guide responders to provide CPR per recommended rates.

After an Event

After CPR has been performed, statistics such as average rate, percentage of compressions at the correct depth and recoil, hands-on time and total event time are displayed and provide a snapshot of event performance.

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Up to 180 minutes of CPR information can be assessed, which will allow reviewers to evaluate overall performance and establish feedback loop for continuous CPR improvement.

Iridia believes TrueCPR will give healthcare professionals the tool they need to deliver the best possible CPR and the continued feedback necessary to retain their CPR skills.

We are very interested in TrueCPR feedback from healthcare professionals such as fire rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, nurses, life-guards and other first responders. If you would like to test this device out for yourself, we invite you to stop by our office in Vancouver. For more information, please contact us.

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Iridia Founder Dr. Allan Holmes giving TrueCPR a test drive.

Learn more about TrueCPR

 

Question: What is Physician Engagement?

Answer: Physician Engagement is a better means to draw from one of healthcare’s most highly trained and expensive resources.

Engaging a fluid pool of independent contracts is tricky task for even small organizations, so it is easy to understand why large health authorities who are appropriately dedicated to service delivery have a hard time including the perspective of physicians in its planning. Engaging any staff member, contracted or salaried takes time, energy and financial resources.   This creates a natural tension in the decision making process on where to allocate healthcare resources: do we spend it on actual service delivery or on internal improvements?

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The answer is simple, you spend it on both.  However, the spending has to be done critically and effectively.

Physicians are critical members of health care delivery systems. They are well-educated, highly compensated, and adopt key decision-making roles on clinical teams. Unfortunately, they often also constitute a fluid pool of independent contractors that are rarely easily engaged in key planning projects. Without engagement of these key stakeholders, many health improvement projects face significant risk of unnecessary challenges and possible delays.

Unnecessary challenges and possible delays impact service delivery, which inevitably results in wasted healthcare resources.  Front line healthcare professionals, including physicians need to provide that on the ground insight and feedback on the service delivery.

In our view, physician engagement is best led by physicians. In response, we have assembled a team of clinicians from a cross-section of specialties. They not only relate to the physician journey, but they also understand the physician mindset and appreciate how the doctor role fits within the overall care delivery system. Our physician leaders look to identify values and beliefs common to physicians and to the broader stakeholder group. From this foundation, specific mechanisms for, and the timing of, the engagement are identified. This approach ensures that physician teams are meaningfully engaged in a sustainable manner.

We’ve taken a classic stakeholder engagement mechanism and tailored it to get a better feedback loop for improved healthcare service delivery.  Imagine a healthcare service built by a team, that includes the perspective of all key resource, who wouldn’t want that?