Olga Penar (PL)
IRLA – In-water Resuscitation Lifeguard’s Assistance
M.A. project
Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk
dr Paweł Gełesz
In-water resuscitation of a non-breathing drowning person can only be performed by highly-trained and fully-equipped rescue teams. However, to reduce the death rate and the risk of neurological damage caused by the lack of proper equipment, the designer created IRLA – In-water Resuscitation Lifeguard’s Assistance. The object makes it possible to perform effective ventilation by a person equipped with a floating device. The object is designed to protect the rescuer from communicable diseases and it limits the access of water to the respiratory tract of the drowning person. IRLA is compatible with other elements of the system: the standard water rescue equipment and resuscitation devices, such as manual resuscitators. The project was consulted with paramedics.