ZOLL Medical Corporation announced its PocketCPR training app for iPhone as a free download from the Apple iTunes App Store. PocketCPR for iPhone is a training app only, and can be used in all CPR training programs or for individual practice at any time. The app will prepare both professionals and lay rescuers to perform CPR for victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PocketCPR for iPhone is not cleared by the FDA for rescue use.
Pocket CPR for iPhone walks the student through all of the steps of CPR, and then uses Real CPR Help, the same technology found in all ZOLL defibrillators, to give feedback on whether or not he or she is compressing to the right depth and to the correct rate. The app provides clear visual and audio step-by-step instructions and feedback to guide CPR practice. It also reinforces the American Heart Association and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (AHA/ILCOR) recommendations on CPR.
With practice on a manikin or a resilient foam cushion, the iPhone’s internal accelerometer measures the movement of the user’s hands as simulated chest compressions are delivered. The visual and audio feedback helps to guide the user to the AHA/ILCOR recommended rate of 100 compressions per minute and depth of 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches.