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State of Arizona to Use PocketCPR for Training Initiative on Hands-Only CPR
Date:4/2/2008


PAWTUCKET, R.I., April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --

What:

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

Arizona.

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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).

Why:

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

collapses."

"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."

How:

"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.

When:

Planning for this statewide CPR training initiative is currently

underway.


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