Automated CPR device
Swim collaborated with industrial designers at Praxis Design to create the first-generation Revivant AutoPulse, a device that performs automated cardiac resuscitation.
The AutoPulse needed to provide exceptionally clear instructions and status feedback for use in stressful, life-threatening situations. Its users — primarily Emergency Medical Technicians — would use the device infrequently, and might not have been trained on it.
“AutoPulse sets a new standard of care for effective, easy-to-use, non-invasive cardiac support during resuscitation.”
Swim and Praxis joined the project after Revivant had already made some critical design decisions, including the selection of an awkwardly-shaped, segmented-character display with limited capabilities.
Usage flows had not been determined, so Swim worked out clear, concise screen content, allowing users to follow a set of straightforward steps. All possible error states were carefully considered and text written to communicate each of them effectively.
Finally, Swim devised a visual strategy for dividing the extremely wide-aspect ratio screen into an information zone at left, and a text area at the right. This greatly improved readability. Working closely with Praxis, Swim ensured the membrane hardware controls and product graphics integrated seamlessly with the display.
The device was later purchased by Zoll Medical Corporation, who stated “AutoPulse sets a new standard of care for effective, easy-to-use, non-invasive cardiac support during resuscitation.”
““[Autopulse’s] ease of use lets us provide chest compressions within seconds.” — EMS Chief Baldwin, North Washington Fire