PAWTUCKET, R.I., April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --
PocketCPR(TM), an FDA-cleared, palm-sized device that assists a
rescuer in the delivery of high-quality cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) chest compressions will be used to teach chest
compressions alone, or hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR), to over 600,000 middle school and high school students in
This first-of-its-kind initiative is being conducted by the Arizona
Department of Health Services' Bureau of EMS & Trauma System, the
University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center and the Department of
Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. The team who was
instrumental in developing the new life-saving CPR technique
recommended in the American Heart Association scientific statement
published this week is leading it. The Arizona team's continuous
chest compression study was published in the March 12 issue of
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
According to a scientific statement in this week's issue of
Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, "Chest
compressions alone, or hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
(CPR), can save lives and can be used to help an adult who suddenly
"PocketCPR is a personal CPR coach providing real help -- it can
increase confidence and solidify training," said, Mark H. Totman,
President of Bio-Detek, Inc., a subsidiary of ZOLL Medical
Corporation and manufacturer of the PocketCPR. "We hope it will make
the public more willing to help save a life."
"Bystanders who witness the sudden collapse of an adult should
activate the emergency medical services (EMS) system and provide
high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the
middle of the victim's chest, with minimal interruptions," the
scientific statement says.
PocketCPR measures the acceleration and depth of each chest
compression and coaches a rescuer to perform continuous compression
CPR, adherent with the latest AHA scientific statement and the AHA
2005 Guidelines -- compression depth of 1.5 to 2 inches and 100
compressions per minute.
"PocketCPR removes the subjective judgment about depth of
compression during CPR training sessions and real-life emergencies,"
said Totman. "The device helps ensure better depth of compression
and more complete chest recoil," he added.
Planning for this statewide CPR training initiative is currently
|SOURCE Bio-Detek, Inc.|
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