Overview

Precordial Thump

Precordial Thump

The precordial thump was first reported in medical journals in 1920 and has been used in the treatment of ventricular tachycardia and monitored ventricular fib. It has fallen in and out of favor over the decades. It is often used for dramatic effect in medical shows on TV and movies.

1956 Mouth-to-Mouth

1956 Mouth-to-Mouth

Dr. Peter Safar and Dr. James Elam are credited with the invention of the mouth-to- mouth resuscitation technique.
Dr. Safar is considered to be the "father of Modern Resuscitation."

Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitator

Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitator

In August 1958, Robert Berman filed a patent application for his "Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitator". The patent was awarded on March 12, 1963

1960 CPR Developed

1960 CPR Developed

1970 CPR

1970 CPR

This 1970 ad A.H. Robins stressed the importance of CPR training for future physicians and health care providers.

1970s CPR Pin

1970s CPR Pin

Revised Ratios

Revised Ratios

If you've been in respiratory care for any length of time, you've experienced a number of revisions to the recommended ratios for compressions to breaths delivered during CPR.

AHA Guidelines

AHA Guidelines

The American Heart Association publishes and updates their guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care.

Image downloaded from AHA website: www.heart.org

1970s Reusci-Anne

1970s Reusci-Anne

"Annie, Annie, are you OK?" Those words began every CPR training session....

The Reusci-Anne manikin was primarily used for CPR instruction but often was a participant in pranks pulled by the staff and students.

1970s Resusci-Anne’s Case

1970s Resusci-Anne’s Case

Resusci-Anne Training Gauges

Resusci-Anne Training Gauges

Resusci-Anne's aneroid gauges visually indicated when proper tidal volumes and compressions were delivered.

Pediatric CPR Practice

Pediatric CPR Practice

Resuscitation
Equipment

Emergency Tackle Box

Emergency Tackle Box

Supplies for emergency intubation were transported to emergency codes by the inhalation therapy staff in a tackle box. The contents were restocked after each use and the box relocked and checked on daily rounds.

Mouth Opener

Mouth Opener

This device was inserted between the clenched upper and lower teeth, when possible, and rotated to open a clenched mouth.

Image from Colleen Schabacker

Oropharyngeal Airways

Oropharyngeal Airways

A variety of sizes of oropharyngeal airways are shown in this emergency kit.

For more images of oropharyngeal airways and related equipment, visit the Artificial Airways gallery.

Image from Gayle Carr

AMBU Bag

AMBU Bag

The AMBU bag was developed in 1956.
For more images of bag-valve-mask resuscitators, visit the Resuscitators gallery.

Image from Felix Khusid

Endotracheal Tubes

Endotracheal Tubes

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Stylet

Stylet

A stylet may be inserted into an endotracheal tube to provide stability to the tube during intubation.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Laryngoscope

Laryngoscope

For more images of emergency airway equipment, visit the Artificial Airways gallery.

Emergency Intubation

Emergency Intubation

This respiratory therapist is shown positioning the endotracheal tube following endotracheal intubation.

Colorimetric CO2 Indicator

Colorimetric CO2 Indicator

During emergency intubation, confirmation of tube placement in the trachea rather than the esophagus is achieved using a CO2 indicator.

Image from Gayle Carr

Laryngeal Mask Airway

Laryngeal Mask Airway

The Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA) was developed by Dr. Archi Brain and has been in use since 1988. The supraglottic airway can be used for emergency airway management.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Portable Emergency Oxygen

Portable Emergency Oxygen

Portable oxygen equipment was transported for codes and resuscitation calls in sites without piped in oxygen.

Image from James Sullivan

Claude Beck’s Defibrillator

Claude Beck’s Defibrillator

Defibrillation was first utilized by Dr. Claude Beck, a cardiac surgeon in 1947.

Image from Glenn Tammen

late 1950s Defibrillator

late 1950s Defibrillator

1965 Crash Cart

1965 Crash Cart

The first crash carts at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas were donated in 1965 by Beech Aircraft.

Image from Aubrey Patterson

1969 Crash Cart

1969 Crash Cart

A 1969 crash cart is pictured.

Image from Aubrey Patterson

1973 Brunswick Heart-Lung Resuscitator

1973 Brunswick Heart-Lung Resuscitator

Image from James Sullivan

Heart-Lung Resuscitator

Heart-Lung Resuscitator

Image from Gregory Rittenhouse

Heart Lung Resuscitator Label

Heart Lung Resuscitator Label

Image from Gregory Rittenhouse

H-L-R

H-L-R

The HLR (Heart-Lung Resuscitator is demonstrated on a mannikin.

Image from Gregory Rittenhouse

1987 AED

1987 AED

AED (automated external defibrillators) became available in the late 1980s and are now available in numerous public locations.

AED Electrode

AED Electrode

An AED electrode can be seen as CPR is performed on the patient.

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