In episode #35, Paul talks with Gary Montague, who went from being in the CIA to the CEO of start-up HeartHero, who want to disrupt the market with their new Automated External Defibrillator called Elliott.
Gary talks about his childhood which ultimately is the motivation for starting this journey and he runs us through how he has gone from nothing to the position where they have a viable device which is ready for official testing and approval. An engrossing look into the world of defibrillators and how their device is attempting to bring AED’s into the 21st Century.
The device is being targetted as a “Lifestyle” device and will be small, stylish, use off-the-shelf batteries and feature technologies such as smartphone integration, GPS tracking, automated emergency services calling and they aim to build the highest-quality and least-expensive AED on the market. If they achieve their aim they will perhaps disrupt the market place for the greater good.
Amongst her many achievements, Barbara founded the Oliver Zangwill Centre for brain injury rehabilitation and also authored over 200 papers and 30 books on the subject. She has a wealth of experience regarding memory issues, which is one of the top post-arrest issues that survivors report.
Barbara talks about what memory is, how a cardiac arrest survivors memory can be affected by their downtime, how the brain works and some of the strategies that can be used to alleviate memory problems
In season two’s opener (episode 31), Paul talks with Professor Jerry Nolan, who is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at the Royal United Hospital, Bath and Honorary Professor of Resuscitation Medicine at the University of Bristol.
He is also the current Chair of the European Resuscitation Council and in 2016 the American Heart Association awarded him the honorary title of “A Giant of Resuscitation”.
The conversation covers a wide range of topics from the current state of resuscitation in UK and Europe, including statistics, why in hospital and out of hospital cardiac arrests are categorised separately, “routine” operations post-arrest, the Chain of Survival, the new ERC guidelines, the importance of public involvement, cardiac arrest outcome measures, the problem with the CPC “Good” label, improving rehabilitation, PTSD in those involved in resuscitation, GoodSam and other new technologies.