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NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

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Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives.

John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives. It took seven long years for the brothers to invent AVAC, or automated ventilator with assisted compressions. The device makes the CPR process easier, starting with an automated ventilator.

John began developing the device as part of his science research program at Byram Hills High School. Then younger brother Chris took over.

Chest compressions alone aren't easy but doing CPR right can save a life. An estimated 250,000 people die from cardiac arrest every single year.

The prototype was granted a patent this year. The eventual goal is to get it FDA approved.

Both brothers are now studying to be doctors, but they're hoping their device will help save lives everywhere.

 

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