HCMC Calls New CPR System 'Game Changer' for Cardiac Arrest

February 12, 2018 09:01 PM

Hennepin County Medical Center is the first hospital in the country to use new CPR technology that greatly improves outcomes after cardiac arrest. It's called the ResQCPR system.

"We know this device is better than standard CPR," said Dr. Johanna Moore from the HCMC Department of Emergency Medicine.


There are two parts to the ResQCPR system. A hand-held pump with a suction cup pulls up and down on the chest. At the same time a pod covers the mouth to keep it sealed and maintain the vacuum in the chest created by the pump.

According to Moore, in clinical trials in which HCMC participated, it improved survival by 49 percent. She calls it a game changer.

"The cool thing about this device is that there's a suction cup that's placed on the chest and then you pull up with 22 pounds of force," Moore said. "And this creates increased venous return from everywhere in the body and creates more blood for the heart to pump outward again to the heart, to the brain, and all over the body. And so when you're creating this continuous vacuum in the chest, you are improving blood flow to the brain and the heart. And ultimately that's what causing improved neurologic survival."

The ResQCPR System from the health care business ZOLL was approved by the FDA for use by EMS operations in 2016.
Hennepin EMS and the Minneapolis Fire Department started using it in May of 2016.


Kevin Doran

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