Man Dead For 40 Minutes Saved By New CPR Technology
Australian news outlet the Herald Sun reports that a man who was clinically dead for 40 minutes was brought back to life thanks to relatively new CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) technology.
Colin Fiedler was already pronounced dead after suffering a heart attack last June when doctors were able to revive him with the use of a mechanical CPR machine called the "AutoPulse," along with a portable heart-lung machine to keep blood and oxygen flowing to his vital organs.
The Sun reports that 49-year-old Fiedler is one of seven cardiac arrest patients in Australia who has been treated with this technique. He is one of only three revived after being declared dead for 40 to 60 minutes.
According to manufacturer of the AutoPulse, it is a non-invasive cardiac support pump that can move more blood throughout the body than manual CPR compressions. It also squeezes the entire chest as opposed to single-spot CPR.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have been discussing the usefulness of the CPR device since the new technology was made available in 2003. According to EMT volunteer David Silvia, “It keeps chest pressure continuous and closer to therapeutic level, which in turn helps us administer the drugs. And there are no interruptions in CPR because you can shock, and give the drugs while it is running.”
In 2011, the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) conducted a study on the effect of AutoPulse in 29 cardiac arrest resuscitations, and concluded that the device was "promising."