Q&A With Dr. Rebecca Di Maio, Clinical Research Manager at HeartSine

In this Q&A, HeartSine’s Clinical Research Manager, Dr. Rebecca Di Maio, tells us a little bit about herself and the new samaritan® PAD 450P (SAM 450P).

1. Name: Dr. Rebecca Di Maio

2. Title: Clinical Research Manager

3. Where are you from? Northern Ireland

4. How did you get into your role? I completed my undergraduate internship in HeartSine’s QA department and then began a PhD in defibrillation and the rest is history!

5. Describe a typical working day: There is no typical day in the clinical department! One day you could be writing a paper or completing a study report and the next day you could be in U.S. conducting a usability study or working in a lab!

RebeccaDiMaioII6. Challenges/rewards of your role: The reward is obvious — I watch and hear of the countless lives being saved by the very device that I work on every day! Some would say that the main challenge of my role is coming up against technical or feasibility obstacles, but that’s actually the part that I enjoy the most — the problem solving aspect!

7. What’s different about the SAM 450P? One huge difference is its CPR Rate Advisor™ technology! CPR Rate Advisor is a huge step in improving CPR efficacy! This technology provides the rescuer with continuous real-time verbal prompts to help achieve the optimum rate of compressions as defined by the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for CPR.

8. How long does it take to make one defibrillator? Let’s just say that it’s not an overnight process. As it’s a complex technology, there are many assemblies to bring together to make one complete device. Much like the human body without its vital organs, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) would not work without its charging circuitry, electrodes, software, batteries, and more!

9. Describe the process of creating the SAM 450P: There is always a significant development time in creating a newer and more advanced model. Central to this development was its user interface and corresponding usability. Ample usability and performance testing was carried to optimize its ability to improve CPR efficacy and the results were excellent! Not only was rate drastically improved, but depth and CPR fraction also improved a great deal!

10. How have AEDs evolved since 1966? Hugely! Not too long before 1967, if a patient collapsed, their family would have been informed that their relative “dropped dead”, as no intervention was available to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest! Shocking — I know! Since Pantridge’s giant leap forward, the technology has evolved from every angle. Before the late 70s, only physicians and paramedics (following hundreds of hours of training) could administer defibrillation. In addition, the devices have gone from over 50-70 kg to only 1.1 kg. These developments have significantly improved survival rates post cardiac arrest.

11. What sets HeartSine AEDs apart from competitors? Many things! HeartSine is not afraid to innovate and go against the grain if it has the potential to improve patient outcomes! The company has a long legacy of local research still very much alive today! HeartSine has focused all of its energy into accessing the public and has not deviated from this goal since established in 1967, when HeartSine invented the first mobile defibrillator and changed the way the world delivered emergency care.

12. What do you like to do outside of work? Travel, cook, explore the great outdoors, watch films, and spend time with family and friends!

Click here to learn more about the samaritan PAD 450P with CPR Rate Advisor.