After nearly losing his wife to cardiac arrest, a Sydney man created the world’s first personal defibrillator.
Sarah Casey, 39, was laying in bed with her husband Donovan when she began to make strange clucking noises.
He acted promptly, called an ambulance and administering CPR until paramedics came, which was rapid given they were just a few blocks away.
Fortunately, Sarah was one of the few survivors, and Mr Casey has made it his mission to develop CellAED in order to assist save the lives of others.
The device, which was created using Rapid Response Revival’s technology, is portable, less expensive, and considerably smaller than a typical defibrillator.
It has recently been listed on the ARTG and will soon be accessible to the Australian public for use in their homes at a fraction of the price of currently available automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of mortality worldwide, claiming the lives of between seven and nine million individuals each year.
At the same time, almost 80% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
Because the odds of being resuscitated after a cardiac arrest decrease by 10% per minute without defibrillation, Mr Casey emphasises the need of a quick reaction.
“The survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest is fewer than one percent,” he stated.
“This is because abrupt cardiac arrest kills so swiftly, and most witnesses don’t have the expertise or access to an AED to assist save a life.”
He claimed that his gadget was entirely automated, with the ability to identify a shockable cardiac rhythm and administer shocks as needed to keep a patient’s heart pumping until emergency responders arrived.
Unlike other AEDs, which cost over $3000, the CellAED will start at $299.