ZOLL Medical Corporation has released a new iPhone application designed to help in assisting people perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Of course because it has no FDA approval (see our recent post on the regulatory environment for mobile medical apps), it is being marketed as a training tool to learn the process of doing CPR. With the help of iPhone’s built-in accelerometer, it actually provides guidance regarding the quality of compressions.
Using Real CPR Help®, the same proprietary technology found in all ZOLL defibrillators and AEDs, PocketCPR for iPhone provides CPR training with real-time feedback on the rate and depth of compressions. The app provides clear visual and audio step-by-step instructions and feedback to guide CPR practice and also reinforces the American Heart Association and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (AHA/ILCOR) recommendations on CPR.
With practice on a manikin or resilient foam cushion, the iPhone’s internal accelerometer measures the movement of the user’s hands as simulated chest compressions are delivered. The visual and audio feedback helps to guide the user to the AHA/ILCOR recommended rate of 100 compressions per minute and depth of 1½ to 2 inches.
Clear visual and audio step-by-step instructions on CPR performance, including initial steps for the Chain of Survival Option to go straight to chest compressions for those who are familiar with the initial Chain of Survival steps Precise metronome to pace chest compressions Accurate ability to detect rate of actual compressions and to state visually and audibly whether to PUSH FASTER or to PUSH SLOWER. Industry-proven technology to detect the depth of chest compressions. Audio and visual prompts to PUSH HARDER or to PUSH SOFTER. Prompts to remind the user to provide ventilations after the detection of 30 chest compressions. Feature to detect when chest compressions have stopped and to prompt user to START CPR. Complete Instructions for Use
Press release: ZOLL PocketCPR FOR iPHONE TRAINING APP NOW AVAILABLE…
Product page: PocketCPR for iPhone…
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