October 2, 2008 - ZOLL Medical Corp. said today the Kuopio University Hospital (KUH), one of the largest hospitals in Finland, successfully implemented the AutoPulse Non-invasive Cardiac Support Pump in its intensive care department.
KUH is the first hospital in Finland to establish protocols for using the AutoPulse. Jouni O. Kurola, M.D., department of anesthesiology and intensive care, KUH, recommended the implementation following a successful evaluation of an AutoPulse provided to the hospital by ZOLL.
“It is remarkable to see how fast our nursing staff adopted the AutoPulse system in our intensive care unit,” he said. “The AutoPulse gives us the opportunity to provide the best possible care for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims. Our colleagues in Interventional cardiology have learned from our successes and now use the device as well.”
AutoPulse is an automated, portable device with an easy-to-use, load-distributing LifeBand that squeezes a wider area of the chest in a consistent, uninterrupted “hands-free” manner, improving blood flow to the heart and brain during cardiac arrest. Additionally, it offers the benefit of freeing up rescuers to focus on other life-saving interventions.
To date, about 3,000 AutoPulse units have been deployed in hospitals and emergency services worldwide.
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