In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, performance apparel manufacturer Keela Outdoors, NHS Tayside and Scottish Health Innovations (SHIL) have collaborated to design and develop an innovative device that is set to revolutionise the resuscitation process for first responders.
The SARUS-CPR hood, an acronym of Safer Airway Resuscitation, is a small lightweight hood made from transparent fabric, which creates a barrier between the patient and the individual performing resuscitation.
The hood has been designed to allow trained CPR responders to easily fit it onto a collapsed patient as soon as they arrive on the scene. This helps to also reduce the time taken to initiate airway ventilation and makes resuscitation much safer for both patients and personnel.
It reduces the risk of contamination and infection from bacteria and viruses such as COVID-19 and can be used by trained personnel in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, GP surgeries and ambulances.
Keela Managing Director, Ruwan Fernando, said, “We were delighted to be approached by NHS Tayside to be part of the SARUS-CPR hood project. Our team of designers worked in collaboration with the NHS to design, prototype, and engineer the Safer Airway Resuscitation Hood.
“The device itself is made up of existing CPR airway components encapsulated within a protective barrier hood allowing for efficient adoption in a clinical setting. With the support, guidance, and funding of SHIL, we are thrilled to be able to reveal and launch the SARUS-CPR hood.”
As well as working on the creation of the SARUS-CPR hood, Keela has previously supported the NHS by manufacturing PPE at its Glenrothes site. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team expanded the company’s facilities by 10,000 sq. ft. 50 new jobs were created to keep up with demand and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Using Scottish-produced fabric from Cupar Angus, the team dispatched PPE to the NHS on a weekly basis.
NHS Tayside’s Medical Director and inventor of the hood, Professor Peter Stonebridge, said, “Frontline healthcare workers and care givers have been absolutely vital to our response to the pandemic and out of all of the challenges of managing the spikes of COVID-19, there has been a lot of innovation in healthcare. Thanks to the input of other experts in manufacturing and design, the kernel of an idea has been developed into the SARUS-CPR hood and I am very grateful to all the collaborators on this project.”
Rod Mountain, NHS Tayside clinical lead for the project, said, “As an NHS worker, I am immensely proud to have been part of its development. This has been a genuine collaborative effort between NHS Tayside and Keela, drawing upon fantastic local engineering and garment manufacturing expertise. COVID-19 drove the innovation, prompting us to look at different approaches to PPE, but we now believe its applications go well beyond the current pandemic.”
As part of the development process, the SARUS-CPR hood has undergone extensive trials. It is expected the SARUS-CPR hood will be available for use across the UK later this year.
IMAGE: l-r, NHS Tayside Dr Rasads Misirovs; ENT Surgeon Rodney Mountain; NHS Tayside Dr Ruqqash Naveed