Evaluation: Zoll Real CPR Help CPR Feedback Device
January 8, 2016 | Evaluations & Guidance
Zoll's Real CPR Help is a good choice to guide delivery of CPR. It provides feedback on four of the five American Heart Association (AHA) and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) key parameters of high-quality CPR: compression depth, compression rate, chest wall recoil, and inactivity time. (The missing parameter is ventilation feedback.) In our testing, its compression depth accuracy and sensitivity on a rigid surface were fair, but on soft surfaces were insufficient to guide users to adequate compression depths (though its guidance on other key parameters may still be valuable). The device adds no steps to the existing clinical workflow, and it was the clear favorite of test users.
- Real CPR Help consists of software incorporated into a defibrillator and a disposable sensor ("puck") integrated into CPR-compatible defibrillation electrodes. When the electrodes are placed properly, the sensor is positioned on the patient's sternum. Real CPR Help is standard on all of Zoll's professional defibrillators and AEDs: