Nice University Hospital in Nice, France, has selected Zoll AutoPulse non-invasive cardiac support pumps to improve patient care and survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.
The move follows the successful clinical evaluations of AutoPulse over another automated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device by the hospital's SAMU (Service d'Aide Médicale Urgente or urgent medical aid service) and the intensive care unit.
Financed by the Alps Maritime Regional Council, Nice will deploy 12 AutoPulse systems between the hospital's intensive care unit and the local fire brigade, SDIS 06, which serves the Mediterranean seaport in south-east France.
The AutoPulse is an automated, portable chest compression device which improves blood flow to the heart and brain during sudden cardiac arrest.
Nice University Hospital transplant coordinator Patrick Jambou said the AutoPulse was a better fit in the SAMU's helicopter.
"The AutoPulse easily adapts to a patient's size with its unique LifeBand® technology that squeezes the patient's entire chest, whereas the other device was not able to resuscitate a slim patient due to its design," Jambou added.
The solution will deliver uninterrupted CPR chest compressions to maintain myocardial and cerebral perfusion even when moving patients or travelling in an ambulance, according to Zoll.
The AutoPulse is also expected to free up clinicians to focus on other life-saving interventions.
Zoll Medical Corporation president Jonathan Rennert said, "The ability to provide consistent, uninterrupted chest compressions, especially during patient transport, is a critical aspect of quality CPR essential to saving lives and advancing resuscitation."