The portability of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) device enables it to be placed within any public places and when needed, any passer-by can perform first aid to the patient with sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The device will guide both visually and audibly, in the local language and can be easily comprehended by any layperson. The device is also programmed with a new algorithm designed by our team to read the ECG rhythm of the victim to assess the patient condition. To top it off, the manufacturing cost of the device is reduced which allows for a lower selling price than any competitor in the market.
Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages
The main features of the device are its portability and cost-effectiveness while having clear instructions of usage for the laymen. The ease-of-carry and compact features of the prototype make it suitable to be used by the paramedics as well as to be placed in public places. The prototype is controlled using a touchscreen that will guide the user to 1) read heart rhythms 2) Identify whether the patient is suitable for being shocked using the AED 3) Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED shock. The graphical instructions come in 3 types of audio language: English, Malay and Mandarin to enable the laymen user to operate the prototype.
With the introduction to this low-cost, user-friendly and ease-of-carry AED device, more companies will be interested to place the device within their precinct as well as in public areas. In turn, the availability of the AED will be increased and so does the survivability rate of patients that experience SCA. In the long term, the AED will not only improve the quality of life, it will also promote technology developments in healthcare. Combining the expertise in medical, electronic and mechanical, this prototype can be seen to forge a new juncture in device development, manufacturing, sales, training and after-sale service of the AED.