During a cardiac event, the first few minutes are the most critical. The difference between intervention in the first three minutes versus after that line is significant, with only a 7 percent survivability rate if nothing is done until paramedics arrive, but a 74 percent survivability rate if action is taken within the first three minutes. But, AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, are not commonplace. And, even if you happen to be in a place with one, we've all been taught not to mess with them because they can be dangerous and difficult to use. So, what is someone to do when a friend or family member is having a cardiac event? You use a HeartHero.
This device is an incredibly small implementation of an AED. The device is no bigger than a traditional first aid kit, but it does so much more. When the need arises, you take out the pack and pull off the paddles. As soon as this is done, the machine goes into action, with voice prompts explaining to you the proper procedure to use the device. It also shows you exactly where the paddles should be placed on the body. Once everything is in place, the device is able to give a shock to attempt to keep the heart going. If everything is not in place, the device cannot te the shock, protecting the user.
In addition, the HeartHero has an active cellular connection. This is used to call 911 in the event of use. The added benefit of an automated 911 call means that if you're alone with the person in trouble, you don't have to try and make a decision on what to do, or split your attention between them and emergency services. You also get to avoid the active tracking of your cell phone after the call.
The HeartHero is currently in the process of being approved for sale. To learn more about the HeartHero device and find out when it becomes available, check out their website.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.