Cardiac Science Powerheart® AEDs support 2015 Heart & Stroke Foundation CPR Guidelines


In 2015, the Heart and Stroke Foundation released the 2015 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).1 The new guidelines are based on evidence-based findings from the global resuscitation community who assessed thousands of peer-reviewed publications.

What does this mean for my Cardiac Science AED?

It’s great news for Cardiac Science Powerheart AED owners and further illustrates our commitment to designing AEDs that support the Heart and Stroke Foundation Guidelines. Specifically:

  • Powerheart® G5 owners: Your AED supports the 2015 Guidelines.
  • Powerheart® G3/Plus/Pro owners: Your AED supports the 2015 Guidelines provided:
    • They are 9300A, 9300E, 9300P, 9390A, or 9390E models.
    • They were upgraded with the Compressions-Only CPR (Hands Only) prompt configuration software.

Customers with Powerheart AEDs not listed above should contact their local Cardiac Science AED Specialist or Cardiac Science customer service at care@cardiacscience.com.

Highlights of the 2015 guidelines

The release of new guidelines include a number of recommendations to improve the quality of CPR and ECC outcomes:

  • Importance of maintaining CPR compression rate of 100 – 120 / bpm.
  • Ensuring a CPR chest compression depth of approximately 2 inches (5 cm) while avoiding excessive depths greater than approximately 2.4 inches (6 cm).
  • Full chest wall recoils when the sternum returns to its natural or neutral position during the decompression phase of CPR.
  • It may be reasonable to use audiovisual feedback devices during CPR for real-time optimization of CPR performance.

Cardiac Science and our global team of AED Specialists are committed to being your source of information on the 2015 Heart and Stroke Foundation Guidelines. Contact your certified AED specialist or call us at 800.426.0337 or via email at care@cardiacscience.com. For detailed information about the 2015 Guidelines, visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation website at http://www.heartandstroke.ca.

1Kleinman ME, et al. Part 5:Adult Basic Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality: 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation. 2015;132(suppl 2):S414-S435.