Fifteen Years’ Experience with Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
In 1959 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we trained our house staff in the open-chest heart massage technique using dogs. That experience was a stimulus to work with Mr. Clare Barkalow, head of advanced engineering of the Lear-Sigler Corporation, on a tulip-shaped double-walled cup which would slip around the heart to carry out internal cardiac massage by pneumatic compression of the inner wall of the cup. We envisioned pacer and defibrillator electrodes imbedded in the cup.
KeywordsChest Compression House Staff Grand Rapid External Cardiac Massage Resuscitation Team
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