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ZOLL AED 3 now available with RapidShock analysis

07 February 2018

ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, has announced that the company’s ZOLL AED 3 and the ZOLL AED 3 BLS (basic life support) automated external defibrillators now feature RapidShock Analysis technology, which decreases heart analysis time and pauses in chest compressions.

RapidShock Analysis can analyse a heart rhythm in 3 seconds, compared to existing devices, which take up to 12 seconds, according to Zoll Medical UK. Minimising CPR pause time for more continuous lifesaving CPR care can improve patient outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest. RapidShock Analysis is a free upgrade to existing ZOLL AED 3 owners in countries where it has regulatory approval. 

Research shows that minimising time to shock after the CPR cycle ends may improve survival. The 2015 ERC Guidelines note, “The delay between stopping chest compressions and delivery of the shock (the pre-shock pause) must be kept to an absolute minimum; any delay will reduce the chances of the shock being successful.

“We’re pleased to be able to add this breakthrough technology to the ZOLL AED 3. It is critical to deliver consistent, high-quality chest compressions, and this technology dramatically reduces pauses, allowing for high-quality CPR,” said A. Ernest Whiton, President of ZOLL Resuscitation.