Riverside County health officials have suspended use of a federally approved CPR machine after a man who was treated with the device suffered cracked ribs and internal injuries and later died, authorities said.
Paramedics from the Palm Springs Fire Department used the “AutoPulse” cardiac support pump to resuscitate Fang Joon Yun, 77, after he was pulled from a swimming pool July 14. After Yun was revived, he was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said.
A Riverside County medical examiner found that “something was not right” while performing Yun’s preliminary autopsy, said Sheriff Bob Doyle, who oversees the county coroner’s office.
“We put the device back on the individual, and it lined up exactly with where the broken ribs and other injuries he had suffered,” Doyle said, stressing that Yun’s cause of death had yet to be determined.
Six hundred AutoPulse devices are being used by rescue providers in San Francisco, Fremont, Calif., and other cities throughout the country, although it is not in use in Los Angeles or Orange counties, company officials said.
Because of the medical examiner’s findings, the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency suspended use of the device in the county until Yun’s case could be further investigated. Michael Osur, director of the agency, said he had alerted emergency agencies using the device throughout the state.
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