Australian medical technology start up Rapid Response Revival Pty Ltd (RRR) has completed a working prototype of the world’s first mobile phone defibrillator. The world’s smallest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will be made available worldwide inside a mobile phone case, the CellAED® (Patent Pending).
This new product is important because it fills a ‘Survival Gap’ for victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Around 95% of victims die because an AED is not used within five to six minutes. CellAED® can be available immediately to respond to someone in cardiac arrest.
Existing AEDs are large, expensive, and only available in selected public and private buildings, or in hospitals and emergency services vehicles. It takes time to get access to one of these AEDs, resulting in extremely low survival rates. Ambulance arrival times in many major cities around the world average between 11-15 minutes, and in rural areas it can be hours.
Six million people die every year from SCA, making it the number one killer in the world. The CellAED® has the potential to improve survival rates* from around three to ten per cent to somewhere between 50-80%, depending on the individual circumstances involved.
Australian paramedic Jason Ward said, ‘Brain death and permanent death start to occur in around four minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest. If they can be treated within a few minutes with an electric shock to the heart, the cardiac arrest can be reversed, and this process is called defibrillation.’ Very few attempts at resuscitation will succeed after ten minutes.
The ground breaking technology is being developed as a result of a near death experience. Rapid Response Revival Founder and CEO Donovan Casey said, ‘Sarah, my life partner and best friend, had a heart attack in our bedroom one evening in 2014, which then induced a cardiac arrest. That means her heart stopped!’
Thankfully there was an ambulance close by that arrived five or six minutes after I called emergency services, and we were very lucky that day. What I know now is that the majority of people facing this scenario actually die.’
Rapid Response Revival plans to make the product available for around $50 each, making them accessible to anyone who carries a smart phone. A number of new commercial parameters will make this possible.
- A single use product;
- No extraneous features;
- Enormous mass production potential producing economies of scale;
- Combining new engineering protocols and technologies from diverse fields;
- Using the existing phone device power source and app technology;
- Negating current AED design of expensive 4 year battery power source requirement;
- More cost effective AED quality assurance paradigm associated with a single event emergency device;
* Survival data is inconsistent across regions and countries. Many paramedics will tell you from first hand experience, the survival rate is less than 3%.
Donovan Casey and John Haines are available for interview