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CPR device Made in Michigan saves lives worldwide

3:54 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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  • Michigan Instruments LifeStat
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Since 1964, Michigan Instruments has been making the LifeStat. Founder Clare Barcalow called it the CPR of the future.

"The idea came around that a machine could do it much more accurately and over a longer period of time and be able to perform CPR in instances where manual CPR can't be done very effectively."

Joe Baldwin of Michigan Instruments enjoys telling the history of how this Grand Rapids company evolved over the past 45 years. The Lifestat is sold to hospitals and ambulance services in 24 states and over 20 countries.

According to the American Heart Association, there is an 8% survival rate for manual CPR. Michigan Instruments has seen as high as 38% for the Lifestat. The reason is because it has the ability to sustain CPR indefinitely and consistently without getting fatigued.

"Typically the average human or manual CPR rescuer can not do quality CPR for a long period of time, maybe one or two minutes effectively," said Baldwin. 

The record for the Lifstat is 17 hours and the patient lived.

Michigan Instruments also manufactures the Test Lung which is a human lung simulation device used in teaching respiratory therapy and the testing of ventilators.

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