GPS-Like Technology for CPR More Than Doubles Survival from Leading Cause of Death in the US

  GPS-Like Technology for CPR More Than Doubles Survival from Leading Cause of
  Death in the US

 Study Shows Thousands of Lives Could Be Saved with Improved CPR Quality and
                                   Training

Business Wire

CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- June 27, 2013

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related
software solutions, announced today that survival from one of the leading
causes of death in the United States, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, more
than doubled from 26% to 56% when paramedics in Mesa, Arizona utilized ZOLL’s
CPR feedback technology in combination with scenario-based training. The
findings also showed that high-quality CPR was associated with significantly
improved neurologically intact survival.

A remarkable 56% of witnessed cardiac arrest victims in Mesa survived with
good functional outcomes in this study, which used ZOLL’s defibrillators with
Real CPR Help^®. The GPS-like technology allows rescuers to “see” and receive
real-time audiovisual feedback on the quality of their CPR, including the
depth and rate of their chest compressions.

“We believe that CPR is the most important factor in cardiac resuscitation.
But it’s not just about doing CPR, it’s about doing CPR right,” said study
author Ben Bobrow, MD, who is the Medical Director for the Arizona Department
of Health Services’ Bureau of EMS and Trauma System and Professor of Emergency
Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix.

“The fact that more than twice as many people returned home to their families
shows the great importance of CPR quality and the huge potential CPR feedback
technology has in improving outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest,” Bobrow
added. “These results clearly demonstrate how critical it is to measure CPR
quality during each and every cardiac resuscitation.”

ZOLL’s Real CPR Help uses audio and visual prompts to guide the rescuers to
the actual depth of 2 inches and rate of 100 chest compressions per minute as
recommended in the 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines. The Mesa
study validates the consensus statement published by AHA this week, of which
Dr. Bobrow is a co-author, which recommends the use of some means to measure
CPR quality during all resuscitations both inside and outside the hospital.

“Providing consistent, manual CPR is not easy for anyone, even the most
experienced rescuer. Manual CPR without any feedback is often very poor with
lots of interruptions and suboptimal compressions. Using real-time CPR
feedback is like having a GPS for resuscitation; it guides the rescuer to
where he needs to be and encourages corrections if he goes off course,” said
A.J. Heightman, EMT-P, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

Results of the Arizona study, which were recently published in the Annals of
Emergency Medicine, are the findings of the four-year endeavor called the
Arizona Pre-hospital CPR Quality Improvement Project that was undertaken by
the Mesa Fire/Medical Department in conjunction with the Save Hearts in
Arizona Registry & Education (SHARE) Program. The analysis included 484
cardiac arrests patients; the median age was 68 years and 66.5% were men.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SCA, an abrupt disruption of the heart’s function, which causes a lack of
blood flow to vital organs, occurs an estimated 380,000 times each year in the
United States and claims more than one million lives globally each year. SCA
is the leading cause of unexpected death in the world and often strikes
without warning. Survival varies widely among communities, yet overall
averages around 8% in the U.S. Implementing a system of care including early
recognition, 9-1-1, CPR instructions, early defibrillation, and high-quality
professional CPR, along with guideline-based, post-arrest care could save as
many as half of these victims.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group company, develops and markets
medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and
save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With
products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data
management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL
provides a comprehensive set of technologies that help clinicians, EMS and
fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and
critical care. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

About Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by holding
company Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the chemicals and fibers, homes
and construction materials, electronics, and health care business sectors. Its
health care operations include devices and systems for critical care,
dialysis, therapeutic apheresis, transfusion, and manufacture of
biotherapeutics, as well as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents, and
nutritional products. With more than 25,000 employees around the world, the
Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more
information, visit www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/.

Copyright © 2013 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. Real CPR Help
and ZOLL are registered trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation in the United
States and/or other countries. Asahi Kasei is a registered trademark of Asahi
Kasei Corporation. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:

ZOLL Medical Corporation
Diane Egan, +1 978-421-9637
degan@zoll.com
 
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