Thursday, February 21, 2013

PocketCPR iPhone app excels at CPR training - who is CPR trained on your boat?

Everyone should learn CPR -- you may save a life. Cruising boaters, however, have an urgent need for this training. During an ocean passage or a visit to a remote area or anchorage, help will not arrive in minutes. Each in your crew should know how to perform effective CPR.
PocketCPR for iPhone provides real-time feedback and instructions on CPR that empowers anyone to learn and practice CPR, so that they can be ready when seconds really count. The technology is the same as that used in Zoll's PocketCPR, an FDA-cleared device, for actual rescue from sudden cardiac arrest. It's very simple to use, and I worked through the entire training program in about a half-hour. The app is free, but the video training module is $0.99. For an additional $0.99, you may also order a certificate of completion if you pass the training program.
This app and training course is very effective in teaching CPR; however, every cruising boater should also take a complete first aid course by a qualified instructor. The PocketCPR app will be a welcome tool when an emergency arises.
From the company web site:
The PocketCPR can be used in CPR training programs and for individual practice at home or at work. It is a great tool for families to learn CPR in order to be prepared if a loved one needs their help. It actively utilizes the accelerometer hardware in the iPhone for real-time coaching and actual feedback on CPR while you are learning and practicing. It also measures the actual rate and depth of your compressions and lets you know if you need to push faster or slower, and whether you should push harder or softer.
The device algorithms are in complete compliance with American Heart Assocation and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) guidelines.
Pocket CPR for iPhone features include:

  • Clear visual and audio step-by-step instructions on CPR performance, including initial steps for the Chain of Survival (checking for responsiveness and calling for help)
  • Option to go straight to chest compressions for those who are familiar with the initial Chain of Survival steps
  • Precise metronome to pace chest compressions
  • Accurate ability to detect rate of actual compressions and to state visually and audibly whether to PUSH FASTER or to PUSH SLOWER.
  • Industry-proven technology to detect the depth of chest compressions.
  • Audio and visual prompts to PUSH HARDER or to PUSH SOFTER.
  • Prompts to remind the user to provide ventilations after the detection of 30 chest compressions.
  • Feature to detect when chest compressions have stopped and to prompt user to START CPR.
  • Complete Instructions for Use
NOTE: The Pocket CPR for iPhone is currently for training and practice purposes only. The application is not yet cleared by the U.S. FDA for use in an actual rescue.

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