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Oklahoma EMS First In The Nation To Use New CPR Device

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Oklahoma City and Tulsa area first responders will be the first in the nation to use a new, groundbreaking CPR device.

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U. S. and Oklahoma.

The new device, called the ResQCPR System, may improve survival rates by nearly 50 percent.

More than 4,000 EMS professionals in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas are training on the devices and will soon be using the ResQCPR System in the field.

“We are very excited to be the very first EMS system in the country to put this in use in first responders' hands,” said David Howerton with the Office of the Medical Director.

The device creates suction on the chest that literally pulls blood back to the heart.

Conventional CPR increases blood flow by 30 percent.

ResQCPR doubles the blood flow rate to 60 percent.

“We are looking at close to almost normal blood flow in some patients and that is going to be something really neat to see in the field,” said Heather Yazdanipour with EMSA.

Clinical studies show the device increased survival rates by 49 percent.

That is exciting news for people like Fiona Engle, who was invited to watch the training session.

Engle collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest in February and her daughter saved her life by performing CPR.

“It's hard for me to imagine that you could improve CPR, but I guess they told me today it could improve it 49%,” Engle told News 9.

The device offers such an improvement, the first responders must also be trained on how to deal with patients who wake up during CPR.

“Open their eyes, or attempt to talk to you, or move their arms during CPR because it is so effective at returning blood to the brain,” Howerton explained.

All of the first responders receiving training this week on the ResQCPR System will go back to their agencies and train their people.

The hope is that by August, the new device will be rolled out in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, ResQCPR is the only device that can say it increases the chances of survival after sudden cardiac arrest.

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