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The Challenge

Create a highly mobile, easy-to-operate defibrillator.

Impact

Defibrillators are available in more locations and used more often to stop a cardiac event.

The Outcome

Life-saving devices as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers.

Fore Runner Print Heartstream1

As many as one-third of the 300,000 annual cardiac arrest fatalities in the US could be avoided if defibrillation was applied within minutes of the cardiac event.

Working with Heartstream, IDEO tested the effectiveness of alternative defibrillator configurations with different users to help develop a highly mobile and easy-to-operate product. Heartstream systematically refined the concept with the goal of making its defibrillators affordable, transportable, and as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers.

(This device is now manufactured by Philips.)