PocketCPR Improves Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

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Bio-Detek's PocketCPR device will be used in a statewide campaign to teach Arizona 6th through 12th graders how to correctly perform continuous chest compression CPR in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The goal of this Arizona initiative is to teach this technique to children so they can perform it properly and train family members.

To improve the rate of survival among SCA victims, the Arizona Department of Health Services' Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education (SHARE) Program launched the "Your Hands - Their Heart" program to encourage students to use their hands to be the victim's heart until emergency medical care arrives. "Your Hands - Their Heart" Kits, containing a short training video and a specially-modified PocketCPR device for practicing chest compressions, are being mailed throughout October to approximately 1,800 schools. The SHARE Program will be tracking the number of people trained and anticipates that, through this initiative, approximately 100,000 people will learn continuous chest compression CPR.

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"As SCA is the number one cause of unexpected deaths in the United States, it is imperative that our citizens are educated on the proper way to perform continuous chest compression CPR, so they gain the confidence to assist in the event of an emergency," says Ben Bobrow, M.D., Medical Director, Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System, SHARE Program. "Effective and immediate bystander CPR can triple a victim's chance of survival."

The PocketCPR is a small device that fits under the rescuer's hand and both prompts the rescuer to take specific steps in the event of an SCA and coaches the rescuer in the delivery of high-quality chest compressions. It does this by measuring the actual depth of each compression and providing audio and visual feedback to the user. The PocketCPR uses Real CPR Help technology, the same technology available in all ZOLL defibrillators.

"The PocketCPR is an important component of the Your Hands - Their Heart school kit. Studies have shown that audible prompting during CPR can improve the quality of compressions delivered. In cases of SCA, correct rates and depth of chest compressions are essential to successful resuscitation," says Mark H. Totman, President, Bio-Detek Inc. "The PocketCPR is so simple to use that we believe children as young as 11 or 12 can benefit from learning how to provide quality CPR."

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