My work on CPR was a result of my passion in reducing deaths due to cardiac arrest. When I was 11 or 12 years old, my dad told me that he lost his father when he was around my age. This surprised me because it never occurred to me that my father was so young when my grandfather had passed away. He told me that my grandfather had passed away due to cardiac arrest and everyone stood around him and watched him die and perhaps CPR could have saved him. This made an impression on me and I wondered what if my dad or grandmother knew CPR? I did research on CPR in 2014 and was surprised to read that even today most people do not know how to perform CPR and was most shocked to know that in India less than 1% of the people survive today after cardiac arrest because only about 4% of the population know about CPR.
That is when I got the idea of developing a low-cost simulator which can provide accurate feedback to the trainee that can be used anywhere in the world. I designed a CPR simulator for $50 which provided most of the advanced metrics that the expensive CPR simulators give. In 2016, I submitted my invention to the Discovery and 3M Young Scientist Challenge (YSC) and was pleasantly surprised to be selected as one of the ten national finalists. You can watch the video of my simulator below.
3M Discovery YSC
A few videos of various projects