June 24, 2009 - PocketCPR Training Scheduled for NASN 2009


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PocketCPR Training Demonstrations Scheduled for the National Association of School Nurses Meeting in Boston

Device Receives High Marks from School Nurses in Arizona CPR Initiative

June 24, 2009PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND—Bio-Detek, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation, will demonstrate its PocketCPR® training device to over 1,500 school nurses attending the National Association of School Nurses Annual Meeting June 25-28 in Booth #611 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

PocketCPR teaches users how to correctly perform Continuous Chest Compression CPR (CCC-CPR) in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the leading cause of unexpected death. It is a small device that fits under a person’s hand, which measures the actual depth of CPR chest compressions and provides audio and visual feedback on these compressions.

PocketCPR was used recently in Arizona in a statewide initiative to teach 6th through 12th graders how to correctly perform CCC-CPR. School nurses gave the device high marks for practicing chest compressions and improving CPR training.

“This CPR training program was amazing,” said Jayne DeBrular, BSN, RN, part-time school nurse, Happy Valley School, Peoria, Arizona, and who is also a nurse at the Mayo Clinic Hospital Emergency Department, Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona. “I have taught CPR for over 20 years and this is by far the best program I have ever seen. PocketCPR prompts students to ‘push harder’ or tells them they are doing ‘good compressions’. It increased confidence and solidified training for all of my students.”

“The PocketCPR dramatically improved CPR performance by my students,” said Brenda Hogan, nurse, Smith Junior High School, Mesa, Arizona. “PocketCPR is a great teaching and learning tool; using it for hands-on training gives students a true feel for the depth needed when doing chest compressions.”

The Arizona training program, called “Your Hands—Their Heart”, was launched by the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education (SHARE) Program in October 2009 to educate citizens about the necessity of CPR and AED training and to reduce death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest.

“The commitment to student CPR training by Arizona school nurses and school nurses around the country can truly help save lives lost to sudden cardiac arrest on the community level,” said Mark H. Totman, President, Bio-Detek Inc., the manufacturer of PocketCPR.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

In the United States alone, approximately 325,000 people die every year from SCA. According to the American Heart Association, approximately 95 percent of SCA victims die before reaching the hospital. One of the biggest obstacles to assisting victims of SCA is that bystanders are reluctant to perform CPR. They are either not trained, unwilling, or lack the confidence to initiate CPR in an emergency. When high-quality CPR is not initiated, the chance of survival decreases approximately ten percent per minute.

About Bio-Detek, Inc.

Bio-Detek, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation and is based in Pawtucket, R.I. A manufacturer of ECG, pacing, defibrillation, and multi-function electrodes as well as the PocketCPR®, Bio-Detek is dedicated to the design and manufacture of electrodes, including defibrillation electrodes with Real CPR Help® capability for the medical device community. For more information, visit www.bio-detek.com or www.pocketcpr.com.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation is committed to developing technologies that help advance the practice of resuscitation. With products for pacing, defibrillation, circulation, temperature management, and fluid resuscitation, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies, including Real CPR Help® and See-Thru CPR®, which help clinicians, EMS professionals and lay rescuers resuscitate sudden cardiac arrest or trauma victims. ZOLL also designs and markets software that automates the documentation and management of both clinical and non-clinical information.

ZOLL markets and sells its products in more than 140 countries. The Company has direct operations, distributor networks and business partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Australia. 2008 marks the 25th anniversary of ZOLL’s resuscitation product development. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

Copyright © 2009 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. 269 Mill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824-4105. ZOLL, PocketCPR, Real CPR Help, and See-Thru CPR are registered trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation. All product names are the property of their respective owners.