BODDEE BUDDEE: Evaluation of different foams and thermoplastics to develop a biofidelic manikin for cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Alex Walsh, Kathryn Douglass, Jeffrey LaBelle

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency course of action developed to sustain oxygenated blood flow in persons suffering from cardiac arrest by manually compressing the heart in the chest and providing rescue ventilations. The best-selling CPR manikins, an integral part of training, are costly investments that lack biofidelic characteristics in appearance, feel, and response; as a result, the rescuer’s learning experience suffers. The objective of the present study was to test the compressibility properties of different foams and thermoplastics in order to determine which material would most accurately imitate a human chest response. The results suggested that styrene-ethylene/butylene-sty-rene (SEBS) was the best choice, because its increasing stiffness under increasing compression was characteristic of a human chest cavity. Further testing must be done to determine the best composition of SEBS, analyze its response under cyclic compressions, and improve its durability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • BLS
  • BLS training
  • CPR
  • CPR manikin
  • Manikin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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