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Chennai | Wednesday, Sep 16 2015 IST
A Biomedical Engineering professor in IIT Madras has constructed a novel Haptic Device called Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) mannequin for CPR training.

A release from IIT-M here today said, this CPR Mannequin is the only commercially available device that simulates sensations of touch.

Dr M Manivannan, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics at IIT Madras, has constructed the Novel Haptic Device - a unique CPR Mannequin for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training.

Professor Manivannan was recently awarded CavinKare-MMA Chinnikrishnan Innovation Award for the same. 'It is a low cost mannequin, making it affordable even at school level. This allows both training and periodic retraining to retain CPR skills'', it added.

India was becoming a capital of Cardiac Arrests (Myocardial Infarction) patients.

Cardiac Arrest requires immediate CPR to keep blood pumping to vital organs. Lack of first aid during the golden hour of untreated Cardiac Arrest could lead to irreversible brain damage.

CPR was a part of basic life support training recommended by American Health Association (AHA). However, it was not commonly taught in India to non-medical personnel. It is imperative to train the general, non-medical public in performing CPR to prevent brain damage from the delay in securing medical intervention after a cardiac arrest.

Quality of chest compression (CC) during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was a major determinant of cardiac arrest outcome. ''High quality CC is associated with better outcomes. The quality of CC is evaluated using CPR quality parameters such as compression rate, depth and full chest recoil. Resuscitation guidelines recommend that CC should be applied with an adequate depth'', the release said.

''The human chest has a non-linear stiffness, which means that at the start of compression, the chest appears to yield easily but as the compression depth increases, the stiffness increases, resisting any efforts to compress the chest. This CPR mannequin works on non-linear dynamics as compared other mannequins available for this purpose globally, which work on linear dynamics, Dr Manivannan said.

Prior to joining IIT Madras, Dr Manivannan was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) of Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston, and a visiting faculty in the Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore.

At IIT Madras, Dr Manivannan has setup the first Touchlab in India, which is also known as Haptics Lab. UNI GV VV ADB1214

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