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A small device called Pocket CPR could have a big impact on whether or not a civilian or a paramedic does CPR correctly, which can make a difference between life and death. Pocket CPR uses Zoll Medical Corporation's Real CPR Help technology to increase confidence and reinforce skills learned in CPR training.
"There's lots of studies out there that have proven that even a trained provider, in or out of the hospital, more than 50 percent of the time either are doing poor rates or poor depth of chest compression, " said Paramedic Tim McGough.
Pocket CPR can be used by firefighters and paramedics for training and practice.
When the device first turns on it tells the rescuer to stay calm, call for help and start CPR. Pocket CPR is placed on the victims chest, hands are placed on top of the device, it senses motion and turns on a metronome to give a lighted and audible signal for the timing of the compressions. One light means the user is not pushing hard enough. Four lights mean they are getting the correct inch and a half compression with a full release. After 30 compressions, it reminds the user to give the victim two breaths.
"It is calibrated to a very high degree and it will measure your compression and depth to an accuracy of a tenth of an inch and tell you to push harder and it'll even tell you when you're doing a good job," said McGough.
"It's an FDA cleared device. It can be sold over the counter. It is based on technology that Zoll Medical has had in their products for seven years," said Mark Totman, president of Bio-Detek.
The Pocket CPR retails for $149 and is very durable. It continued working after being run over by a fire truck. The battery should last at least five years and is replaceable.
There is also an iPhone application called Pocket CPR that is available for a one time fee of $3.00. It also includes the metronome feature, shows if the user is not pushing fast or deep enough and reminds the user when to give two breaths.
Pocket CPR for iPhone can be used in CPR training programs or for individual practice at home or at work. Families can also use it to learn CPR in case a loved one every needs their help.
More than 50,000 people have downloaded the Pocket CPR application to their Apple iPhone in more than 60 countries worldwide.
For more information on Pocket CPR or the iPhone app visit www.PocketCPR.com.
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