Cardiac Science Powerheart® AEDs support 2015 AHA & ERC CPR Guidelines

On Oct. 15, 2015, the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released the 2015 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). 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 AHA and ERC 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

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 / bpm1.
  • Ensuring a CPR chest compression depth of approximately 2 inches (5 cm) while avoiding excessive depths greater than approximately 2.5 inches (6 cm)1.
  • Full chest wall recoils when the sternum returns to its natural or neutral position during the decompression phase of CPR1.
  • It may be reasonable to use audiovisual feedback devices during CPR for real-time optimization of CPR performance1.
  • It is appropriate to consider escalating the shock energy if feasible, after a failed shock and for patients where refibrillation occurs.2

Cardiac Science and our global team of AED Specialists are committed to being your source of information on the 2015 AHA and ERC Guidelines. Contact your certified AED specialist or call us at 800.426.0337 or via email at For detailed information about the new 2015 Guidelines, visit the American Heart Association website at or the European Resuscitation Council at

1 – ‘Highlights Of The 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update For CPR And ECC’. Circulation 2015: 9, 11. Print.

2 – ‘European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015, Section 1, Resuscitation 95 (2015): 20. Print.