Zoll Has FDA OK For Autopulse Feature

ZOLL Medical Corporation recently received its Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510K clearance to market a new AutoPulse defibrillation pass-through feature.

The new product permits defibrillation electrodes to be directly connected to the AutoPulse, an automated non-invasive cardiac support pump, when treating patients. The ZOLL E Series defibrillators can then connect to the AutoPulse to facilitate defibrillation.

The AutoPulse uses a load-distributing LifeBand that squeezes the entire chest, improving blood flow to the heart and brain during sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). It has been shown to improve survival in a major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). It also allows EMS professionals to remain safely restrained during patient transport while CPR is performed in the back of a moving ambulance.

ZOLL’s entire line of defibrillators features Real CPR Help, which provides rescuers with instantaneous feedback on the rate and depth of their chest compressions. This technology is designed to help rescuers meet the 2005 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines, including performing high-quality CPR and capturing data to assist with CPR training and performance improvement.

The company has also made available on its E Series and AED Pro its patented See-Thru CPR technology, which lets rescuers see a patient’s underlying cardiac rhythm during resuscitation efforts. It also eliminates the need to stop compressions to see if defibrillation was successful, a significant source of interruptions that reduce CPR effectiveness, according to ZOLL.

“Our focus on incorporating CPR support into our resuscitation products for EMS is validated by recent studies on poor CPR performance in the pre-hospital setting,” said Richard A. Packer, president and chief executive officer of ZOLL. “The 2005 AHA Guidelines’ focus on the need for effective, high-quality CPR.”

All the CPR data can easily be uploaded to RescueNet Code Review, which captures, time-synchronizes and consolidates CPR, defibrillator and AutoPulse information into one report in support of quality improvement and training initiatives.

RescueNet, from ZOLL Data Systems, is a suite of integrated EMS software applications that allows users to electronically collect and review a range of data for evaluating resuscitation performance.

ZOLL Medical Corporation markets pacing, defibrillation, circulation, ventilation and fluid resuscitations in more than 140 countries.

For information call 800-348-9011 or go to www.zoll.com.

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