ZOLL’s AED Plus® is in full compliance with American Heart Association 2010 Guidelines and European Resuscitation Council 2010 Guidelines.
The most important change in the American Heart Association’s 2010 Guidelines is the recommendation that chest compressions need to be at least 2 inches deep. Previous Guidelines had called for chest compressions between 1½ and 2 inches deep, but research has shown significant improvement in survival among cardiac arrest victims who receive compressions at least 2 inches deep.
Real CPR Help® in the AED Plus guides the rescuer to perform chest compressions that are at least 2 inches deep at a rate of 100 per minute. If chest compressions fall short of 2 inches, the AED Plus will prompt the rescuer to “PUSH HARDER” and will only say “GOOD COMPRESSIONS” after compressions reach at least 2 inches deep.
Real-time feedback from the bar gauge on the screen display also shows when compressions have reached the correct depth.
The circle of graphic icons on the face of the AED Plus has been simplified as well to comply with the AHA’s recommendation that rescuers should no longer open the airway, check breathing, and give two breaths prior to the first heart analysis.
Knowledge Is Power
With the AED Plus, rescuers don’t have to guess the depth of their chest compressions. They will know when their compressions are reaching the recommended depth of at least 2 inches.