Not every patient will need a defibrillating shock, but every patient will need CPR. Guidelines have evolved over the years, shifting focus from defibrillation shocks to high quality CPR.
One way to ensure high quality CPR, is using devices that have Real CPR Help: a real-time, guideline-driven measurement tool that actively measures proper compression rate and depth, as well as, provides corrective feedback as needed.
The American Heart Association states, “With newer technology capable of monitoring CPR parameters during resuscitation, … clinicians are now able to monitor the quality of CPR in real time. Given the insights into clinical performance and discoveries in optimal practice, monitoring of CPR quality is arguably one of the most significant advances in resuscitation practice in the past 20 years and one that should be incorporated into every resuscitation and every professional rescuer program.”
Only ZOLL and Powerheart AEDs have the integrated ability to monitor CPR quality and provide active corrective instruction. With the ZOLL AED Plus and AED Pro, rescuers will hear — and see — “Push Harder” or “Good Compressions,” as well as encouragement to “Start CPR” if needed. In addition, on all ZOLL AEDs and professional defibrillators, an adaptive metronome will guide you to provide the Guidelines-recommended rate of compressions. The Intellisense CPR Feedback Pads designed for the Powerheart G5 will provide rescuers with voice and text feedback when compression depth needs adjustment. “Press harder and fully release” if compressions are shallow; and an emphasis on recoil. “Press softer” if compressions are too hard.
The real-time coaching with voice and visual prompts is extremely important for unexperienced rescuers to give them the peace of mind that they can perform adequate CPR, even if they have not received recent training. The American Red Cross released the following stats on CPR and AED Training:
- CPR skills begin to decline as early as 2 weeks after training.
- 87% of training participants demonstrate ineffective CPR performance after 6 months.
- 32 studies have shown no evidence that CPR skills are retained after 2 years.
AED technology with CPR coaching is the way of the future. Call us today at 800-695-1209 to learn more and discuss your options with one of our AED Experts.
Red Cross. “The American Red Cross.” https://www.redcross.org/. 28 April 2020.
Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director
Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C
Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.
“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”
Last updated April 28, 2020