In this medical video learn about a new way to perform chest compressions during CPR is increasing the survival rates of cardiac arrest patients. See video of the device being used on a real person.
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Jennifer Matthews: Every single second matters when someone goes into cardiac arrest ... and only about 5 percent of patients will survive before reaching the hospital. Jim Motes is one of the lucky ones. Two years ago, a massive heart attack nearly killed him. But he believes a new tool saved his life. Jim Motes: Without that, I truly believe that I would not be here. Jennifer Matthews: A portable device called The AutoPulse Resuscitation System actually performs CPR on its own. Paramedics position patients, fasten the band, and start the device. Jennifer Matthews: The band compresses the entire chest and provides enough pressure to supply normal blood flow -- something Dr. Joseph Ornato says rescuers can't physically do. Dr. Joseph Ornato: There's no way that us humans can spread our hands' energy over the entirety of the chest. Jennifer Matthews: It also frees paramedics to perform other tasks. Here is the device being used on a real patients. Dr. Joseph Ornato: It makes the job a lot easier. Jennifer Matthews: In a study 20% of patients who have the automated CPR survive before reaching the hospital only 11 % who had CPR lived. Jim is proof it works. But he says he wouldn't have made it without the support of his wife Kathy. Jim Motes: My wife is an angel, I love her. I didn't think it was possible to love somebody more. Jennifer Matthews: And the Kathy by his side he is determine to live a long and healthy life. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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