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PocketCPR FAQ's
Here are some answers to the most common questions about PocketCPR.


I Have Taken CPR Training. Why Do I Need PocketCPR?
Performing CPR is physically and mentally demanding. PocketCPR can increase confidence and reinforce skills learned during CPR training. It is the hope that with PocketCPR, bystanders will be more willing to help save a life. top of page

I Feel Confident and am Experienced in CPR. Why Do I Need PocketCPR?
Studies have shown that audible prompting during CPR can improve the delivery of CPR and prevent the decrease of compression rate and depth that naturally occurs with fatigue. Recent data has shown that real-time CPR coaching and feedback can improve both pre-hospital and in-hospital CPR quality. 1,2,3,4,5,6, top of page

How Does CPR with PocketCPR Help Save a Victim’s Life?

  • According to the American Heart Association, brain death and permanent death start to occur in just 4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest can be reversed in most victims if treated with immediate CPR and an electric shock to the heart within 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Each minute that passes without CPR increases the rate of death by 10% for someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.
  • It’s rare for someone who is not resuscitated pre-hospital to survive with good neurological function.
  • PocketCPR can coach the rescuer to perform good CPR and restore up to 30% of normal blood flow, enough to keep the heart and brain functional until help arrives. top of page

Why Choose PocketCPR?
PocketCPR is the only hand-held device that reminds the rescuer what to do before initiating CPR and coaches the rescuer with audible and visual feedback during CPR. top of page

Is PocketCPR Cleared by the FDA?
Yes. PocketCPR received FDA clearance in November of 2007. top of page

How Does it Work?
PocketCPR measures compressions with an embedded sensor, called an accelerometer, that measures the depth and rate of chest wall movement during each compression. A sophisticated microprocessor in the device continuously measures acceleration during each compression, and special algorithms convert acceleration information into distance traveled. PocketCPR utilizes the same Real CPR Help® technology found in ZOLL defibrillators. top of page

Who Can Use PocketCPR?

Anyone can use PocketCPR:

  • In an emergency rescue situation
  • For practice at home or in school
  • As a training tool top of page

Can Someone Who is Not Trained in CPR Use This Device?
Yes, but it is strongly recommended that users have CPR training. top of page

Can PocketCPR be Used for “Hands-Only” CPR?
Yes, PocketCPR can be used for conventional CPR with ventilation and for hands-only CPR where chest compressions are delivered without mouth-to-mouth breathing. top of page

Can I Use PocketCPR on a Child?
PocketCPR is designed for use on individuals 8 years of age or older. top of page

I’m a CPR Instructor and Would Like to Use PocketCPR Without the Audible Feedback. Can it be Suppressed?
Yes. PocketCPR has a “Silent Mode”. In this mode, the visual LED indicators are displayed but audible feedback is suppressed. Professionals may also choose this mode during a real rescue to minimize additional distractions. top of page

Is PocketCPR Reusable?
Yes. Disposable sanitary slip-covers are sold separately. top of page

How Durable is PocketCPR?
PocketCPR is made with an extremely durable clear material called Lexan™, the material used in bulletproof windows. Additionally, the clear case allows rescuers to easily view whether one or all four LEDs are lit and allows CPR Instructors to readily monitor students’ performance. top of page

How Long Will the Battery Last?
When turned on, the battery in PocketCPR will last about 12 hours. If a low battery condition is detected upon start up, the unit will say “Change Batteries”. At least 30 minutes of operating time will remain if this is the first time the message is played. top of page

What is the Shelf Life of the Batteries?
Little to no current is used by PocketCPR when it’s turned off. There is a suggested five year shelf life of the battery once placed in the device. top of page

How Long Has PocketCPR Been On the Market?
PocketCPR has been commercially available since March 2008. However, the device has been sold for use as a CPR training aid since 2007. top of page

What Comes With a PocketCPR?

  • A user’s manual and battery are included with PocketCPR
  • The following accessories are also available separately:
    • A sanitary slip cover or protective glove that provides cushioning to both the top and bottom of PocketCPR and keeps body fluids and water out of the device.
    • A silicone pad for the top surface of PocketCPR to provide cushioning during training sessions.
    • An adhesive pad for the bottom surface of PocketCPR to keep it adhered to a manikin during training sessions. top of page

Where Can I Purchase PocketCPR?
PocketCPR can be purchased by filling out the form here. top of page

How Much Does PocketCPR Cost?
U.S. suggested list price is $154. top of page

Who Should I Contact if I Have Questions about PocketCPR?
PocketCPR customer service is available Toll Free: 800-225-1310, Direct: 401-729-1400, or Fax: 401-729-1408. top of page

Where is PocketCPR Made?
PocketCPR is made in the U.S.A. and manufactured by Bio-Detek, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation. top of page


1. Chiang, W.C., W.J. Chen, et al., Better adherence to the guidelines during cardiopulmonary resuscitation through the provision of audio-prompts. Resuscitation, 2005. 64(3): p. 297-301.

2. Berg, R., A. Sanders, et al., Efficacy of audio-prompted rate guidance in improving resuscitator performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation on children. Acad Emerg Med, 1994. 1(1): p. 35-40.

3. Milander, M., P. Hiscok, et al., Chest compression and ventilation rates during cardiopulmonary resuscitation: the effects of audible tone guidance. Acad Emerg Med, 1995. 2(8): p. 708-713.

4. Hostler, D., H. Wang, et al., The Effect of a Voice Assist Manikin (VAM) System on CPR Quality among Prehospital Providers. Prehosp Emerg Care, 2005. 9(1): p. 53 - 60.

5. Abella, B.S., et al., CPR quality improvement during in-hospital cardiac arrest using a real-time audiovisual feedback system. Resuscitation., 2007. 73(1): p. 54-61. Epub 2007 Jan 26.

6. Kramer-Johansen, J., et al., Quality of out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation with real time automated feedback: a prospective interventional study. Resuscitation., 2006. 71(3): p. 283-92. Epub 2006 Oct 27.