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Materials, Sensors and Devices

Using ‘Digital’ Materials to Establish  a Novel Investigative Platform for Cardiac Arrest

A collaboration between Cardiff  University, Swansea University & Imperial College

 


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After cardiac arrest, immediate CPR is critical in re-establishing circulation.

 

 

 

 


 

Applications

Eighty thousand people died from coronary heart disease (CHD) during 2010 in the UK. A significant proportion suffered cardiac arrest. Immediate performing of CPR, including the systematic compression of the chest wall, is recognised as being critical in re-establishing circulation before, and during, attempts to ‘shock’ the cardiac tissue back in to its normal rhythm. Whilst International guidelines specify an ideal ‘chest compression’ rate and depth, ethical restrictions means that the under-pinning data is typically derived from animal-based studies, or under-powered case studies. The project will deliver a polymer-based heart, with comparable mechanical characteristics that will allow for more accurate investigation of the human cardiac system.

 


 

Objectives

This project will use an innovative manufacturing process, involving ‘digital’ materials (i.e. compounds formed by blending different proportions of the two base materials), to manufacture a human heart that can accurately simulate blood output during compression.  This could contribute to improvements to CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) techniques and CPR training mannequins.

 


 

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Principal Investigator
Dr Peter Theobald

T:+44(0)29 208 74726

PhD Student: Mr Faizan Ahmad

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This project will use an innovative manufacturing process, involving ‘digital’ materials (i.e. compounds formed by blending different proportions of the two base materials), to manufacture a human heart that can accurately simulate blood output during compression.

Co-investigator
Dr Richard Johnston

T:+44(0)1792 606576

Swansea University

Richard is a Lecturer within the Materials Research Centre at Swansea University.

Co-investigator
Dr Ian Maconochie

Imperial College, London