News | August 14, 2009

First Hospital in the U.K. Implements ZOLL AutoPulse in the Cath Lab

August 14, 2009 – ZOLL Medical Corp. said today Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital in Hampshire, United Kingdom, is the first hospital to install the AutoPulse Noninvasive Cardiac Support Pump in the cardiac catheterization laboratory in the U.K.

“Providing high-quality CPR in a cath lab is challenging, especially without proper positioning due to the way a cath lab table is built on a pedestal base. Providing chest compressions during interventional catheterization can expose staff to significant radiation,” said Carl Brookes, M.D., consultant cardiologist for Basingstoke and North Hampshire. “Using the AutoPulse solves the challenge staff face in providing CPR while the cath lab table is off its pedestal base, which can cause damage to the table and subsequently endanger the patient.”

“Moreover, with our new process of ensuring primary angioplasty service 24/7 and fitting stents into a patient’s heart within minutes of their arriving at the hospital, we are seeing higher risk patients arriving in the cath lab. The AutoPulse can provide consistent, uninterrupted chest compressions that may be more effective than manual CPR and more importantly, we can continue to screen while actively compressing,” Dr. Brookes added. “Internationally, there are increasing reports of good outcomes in patients whose interventional procedure was performed during CPR. Plus, people get fatigued doing CPR. The AutoPulse gives us one less thing to worry about.”

The AutoPulse Noninvasive Cardiac Support Pump is an automated, portable device with an easy-to-use, load-distributing LifeBand that squeezes the entire chest, improving blood flow to the heart and brain during sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The AutoPulse may offer a significant advantage over manual CPR, moving blood more consistently than human providers, the company said. AutoPulse delivers high-quality, uninterrupted chest compressions to maintain myocardial and cerebral perfusion. Additionally, it offers the benefit of freeing up rescuers to focus on other life-saving interventions.

Over 4,200 AutoPulse devices are in use in hospital and emergency service organizations worldwide.

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