I've heard the ideal rate at which to administer effective chest compressions when doing CPR is in accordance to the beat of "Stayin' Alive." But I wonder, what if you're not a Bee Gees fan? What if you could stomach singing and pounding out a Gibb ditty if you're life depended on it, but definitely not someone else's? Happily, thanks to the Cardio First Angel resuscitation device, that moral struggle is over. The simple tool is also good news for the rhythmically challenged and people who just want an accessible, surefire way to know they're doing CPR right.
Designed for inexperienced and experienced first aiders alike, the Cardio First Angel is a mechanical device intended to deliver the right amount of CPR pressure, in the right position, and at the right frequency. Without electricity or batteries. Its teardrop shape indicates where the Angel should be set on a recipient's sternum, and an internal clicking mechanism alerts the person giving CPR how firmly and often to apply pressure.
Once in place, the Cardio First Angel user presses on the device until s/he hears and feels a loud click, and then eases off until another loud click sounds. Repeating this process automatically produces the optimal massage pressure (90 pounds) and chest compression rate (80 to 120 compressions per minute.) I like that Angel also eliminates potential confusion about how to stack and entwine your hands for pulsing, which, for me, is like tying knots and card games: someone shows me how to do it, and then I forget 30 minutes later.
For additional support, Cardio First Angel has a set of clear, universal pictograms on its surface that demonstrate use. Weighing only 5 ounces, it serves as an easy addition to first aid kits and bug out bags.