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CPR Data Debriefing by Hospital Responders Improves CPR Performance and Increases Initial Survival Rate Following Cardiac Arrest
Date:5/26/2008

ompressions in real-life CPR performance is actually a very complex process with a high likelihood of human error," said Benjamin S. Abella, M.D. MPhil, assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and co-investigator of the study. "A focused educational debriefing program using data provided by the HeartStart MRx with Q-CPR technology helps emergency responders deliver quality CPR consistently, even in the most stressful and fast-paced environments."

Quality CPR and early defibrillation are inextricably linked -- the combination is essential to increase the survival rate for victims of cardiac arrest. Q-CPR, available only on the Philips HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator, is the first and only comprehensive technology integrated into a monitor/defibrillator that provides real-time CPR monitoring and feedback for both chest compressions and ventilations (breaths). The technology, developed by Philips and Laerdal, offers medical professionals corrective feedback on the rate and depth of chest compressions, as well as the frequency and quality of ventilations, encouraging them to adjust their technique as needed to improve CPR.

"Studies such as the RAPID trial reinforce the need to better integrate CPR solutions with early defibrillation. We believe this to be the most promising path to improving survival rates for the thousands of victims of cardiac arrest each year," said Michael Miller, senior vice president of Cardiac Care for Philips Healthcare. "As a worldwide leader in resuscitation, Philips is dedicated to offering integrated solutions such as the HeartStart MRx with Q-CPR, to raise the bar in quality of resuscitation and ultimately improve patient outcomes."

Q-CPR is a trademark of Laerdal.

For further information please contact:

Steve Kelly, Philips Healthcare

Tel: + 425-487-7479

Steve.Kelly@philips.com

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