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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Automated External Defibrillator Configuration", for Approval

February 20, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Elghazzawi, Ziad F. (Newton, MA), filed on July 26, 2012, was made available online on February 6, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Zoll Medical Corporation.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Sudden cardiac arrest (colloquially 'heart attack') is a regular killer. The best treatment for cardiac arrest is quick and competent chest compressions to keep blood flowing through a subject's heart. Generally, every minute of delay in treating a cardiac arrest subject lowers the chance of survival by about ten percent. As a result, the ability to provide CPR in a competent manner can be a very important personal skill, and is particularly important for professional healthcare workers such as emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

"Various CPR feedback devices are available that indicate to a rescuer whether they are performing CPR chest compressions at an appropriate rate and an appropriate depth of compression, such as dictated by American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In an embodiment, a method for configuring an automated external defibrillator includes sending, to a remote database that includes records associated with automated external defibrillator protocols used to configure automated external defibrillators, a request for available protocols for configuring the automated external defibrillator. The method also includes receiving information about one or more available protocols and sending, to the remote database, a request to download a particular one of the available protocols. The method also includes receiving, from the remote database, configuration information to automatically configure the automated external defibrillator based on the selected protocol.

"In an embodiment, a method includes receiving configuration information associated with an automated external defibrillator protocol from a first automated external defibrillator and storing the protocol and the associated configuration information in an automated external defibrillator protocol database. The method also includes downloading the protocol and configuration information to a second automated external defibrillator that is different from the first automated external defibrillator.

"In an embodiment, a system includes a protocol database stored in a memory, the protocol database including multiple protocol records each of which includes multiple configurations for an automated external defibrillator. The system also includes a computing device configured to receive configuration information associated with an automated external defibrillator protocol from a first automated external defibrillator, store the protocol and the associated configuration information in the protocol database, and download the protocol to a second automated external defibrillator that is different from the first automated external defibrillator.

"In an embodiment, a defibrillator includes a memory configured to store a protocol comprising multiple configurations. The defibrillator also includes a computing device configured to send, to a remote database that includes records associated with automated external defibrillator protocols, a request for available protocols for configuring the automated external defibrillator, receive information about one or more available protocols, send, to the remote database, a request to download a particular one of the available protocols, receive from the remote database, configuration information to automatically configure the automated external defibrillator based on the selected protocol, store the received protocol in the memory, and configure the automated external defibrillator to operate according to the protocol stored in the memory.

"The details of one or more embodiments are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features and advantages will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 shows a system for responding to an emergency medical condition according to an example embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 2A shows a system for configuring an AED according to an example embodiment of the invention.

"FIGS. 2B and 2C show exemplary database records and configuration entries, respectively.

"FIG. 3A shows an AED including a display screen according to an example embodiment of the invention.

"FIGS. 3B and 3C are screen shots of AED configuration screens according to an example embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 4A is a multi-entity flow diagram of a process for uploading and storing AED protocols according to an example embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 4B is a multi-entity flow diagram of a process for downloading AED protocols according to an example embodiment of the invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Elghazzawi, Ziad F. Automated External Defibrillator Configuration. Filed July 26, 2012 and posted February 6, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1505&p=31&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140130.PD.&OS=PD/20140130&RS=PD/20140130

Keywords for this news article include: Cardiology, Cardiac Arrest, Medical Devices, Zoll Medical Corporation, Automated External Defibrillator.

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