Oklahoma City & Tulsa EMS Become First System to Adopt ResQCPR as a Standard of Care

Today the Medical Control Board for the EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., unanimously voted to approve the ResQCPR system by ZOLL as the standard of care for adult victims of non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest, effective June 1. This is the first major metropolitan EMS system to approve the device since its FDA clearance announced earlier this week. The ResQCPR system achieves intrathoracic pressure regulation through use of an impedance threshold device (ResQPOD-16) and the ResQPUMP, which now allows for active chest compression-decompression in the United States.

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The EMS System for Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., inclusive of the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), the Oklahoma City Fire Department, the Tulsa Fire Department, the Edmond Fire Department and over 20 affiliated suburban fire departments and the American Airlines Emergency Response Team in Tulsa, is known for its relentless pursuit of improving outcomes for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. EMS System Medical Directors Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP and Sabina A. Braithwaite, MD, MPH, commented, “It is truly wonderful to serve a system of 4,000 EMS professionals passionate about providing optimal cardiac arrest resuscitation, supported by insightful EMS and Fire Department leaders, and dedicated physicians on our advisory board. Today’s collective action, so rapidly after the FDA approval and based upon the compelling research in The Lancet and Resuscitation, embodies the spirit of aggressive, evidence-based EMS medicine we are privileged to provide.”

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