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Pocket-sized CPR Rescue Device Enabled by MEMs Motion Sensing Technology

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 9:33am
Analog Devices, Inc. today announced that ZOLL Medical Corporation has selected ADI’s high performance iMEMS® technology to enable its palm-sized CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) device that measures the rate and depth of chest compressions administered by rescuers.

The PocketCPR® device uses an ADI digital iMEMS accelerometer to convert the motion of PocketCPR into real-time measurement data to accurately read the rate and depth of CPR chest compressions. This helps rescuers achieve the right amount of force and frequency of chest compressions recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Watch an ADI/PocketCPR video.

PocketCPR coaches a rescuer with audio and visual instructions to initiate the critical rescue steps needed for reviving someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. These steps include checking responsiveness, calling for help, and performing CPR. All steps follow the AHA Chain of Survival.

“By working with engineers at Analog Devices, we were able to turn our vision of developing a small, affordable CPR rescue device into reality,” says Mark Totman, president of Bio-Detek, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ZOLL that developed and manufactures the PocketCPR.

“Many people are reluctant to perform CPR because they are not trained to do so or lack the confidence to perform this life-saving rescue procedure. PocketCPR gives them the assurance they need to perform CPR in an emergency,” continued Totman.

Approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) as an over-the-counter rescue device and affordably priced at $149.00, PocketCPR provides the user with prompts to encourage a compression depth of 1.5 to 2 inches as recommended by the AHA and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

The device instructs the rescuer to “push harder” if the compressions are less than 1.5 inches. If good compressions are delivered, PocketCPR will respond with “good compressions.” A metronome helps the user achieve the proper rate of compression. For more information on PocketCPR, visit http://www.pocketcpr.com./

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