Basingstoke first hospital in UK to intall Zoll AutoPulse in cath
26 August 2009
Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital in Hampshire, UK is the
first hospital in the UK to install the AutoPulse non-invasive cardiac
support pump in a cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Carl Brookes, MD, Consultant Cardiologist for Basingstoke and North
Hampshire, said, “Providing high-quality CPR in a cath lab is
challenging, especially without proper positioning due to the way a cath
lab table is built on a pedestal base. Providing chest compressions
during interventional catheterization can expose staff to significant
“Using the AutoPulse solves the challenge staff face in providing CPR
while the cath lab table is off its pedestal base, which can cause
damage to the table and subsequently endanger the patient.
“Moreover, with our new process of ensuring primary angioplasty
service 24/7 and fitting stents into a patient’s heart within minutes of
their arriving at the hospital, we are seeing higher risk patients
arriving in the cath lab. The AutoPulse can provide consistent,
uninterrupted chest compressions that may be more effective than manual
CPR and more importantly, we can continue to screen while actively
compressing,” Dr. Brookes added.
“Internationally, there are increasing reports of good outcomes in
patients whose interventional procedure was performed during CPR. Plus,
people get fatigued doing CPR. The AutoPulse gives us one less thing to
“Basingstoke and North Hampshire’s installation of the AutoPulse to
provide circulatory support during catheterizations will, we hope, be a
key component of improving patient outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest
and provide a good model for other NHS Foundation hospitals,” said
Jonathan A. Rennert, President of Zoll. “We’re seeing more and more
hospitals, both large and small, interested in AutoPulse for their cath
The AutoPulse Non-invasive Cardiac Support Pump is an automated,
portable device with an easy-to-use, load-distributing LifeBand that
squeezes the entire chest, improving blood flow to the heart and brain
during sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The AutoPulse may offer a
significant advantage over manual CPR, moving blood more consistently
than human providers. AutoPulse delivers high-quality, uninterrupted
chest compressions to maintain myocardial and cerebral perfusion.
Additionally, it offers the benefit of freeing up rescuers to focus on
other life-saving interventions.
Over 4,200 AutoPulse devices are in use in hospital and emergency
service organizations worldwide.
About sudden cardiac arrest
SCA, an abrupt disruption of the heart’s function, which causes a
lack of blood flow to vital organs, claims more than 1 million lives
each year. It is the leading cause of unexpected death in the world and
strikes without warning. Currently, only about 5% percent of victims
survive — 95% will die from SCA.
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