Asahi Kasei Zoll Medical (AZM), the Japanese subsidiary of Zoll Medical, has obtained Shonin approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for its R Series Monitor/Defibrillator.

Incorporating a complete suite of tools, the its R Series Monitor/Defibrillator assists with the delivery of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

According to AZM, the R Series Code-Ready units assist personnel in delivering simple, smart, and ready resuscitation to every hospital department.

A CPR Dashboard of R Series enables rescuers to monitor depth, rate, release, and perfusion as well as audible prompts for depth and rate. A See-Thru CPR filter removes CPR artifact and enables rescuers to see the underlying rhythm, reducing the duration of pauses.

Zoll Medical president Jonathan Rennert said: "We are very excited to introduce the market-leading R Series to Japan and to continue to offer innovative technologies and devices for acute critical care to this major market.

"Since defibrillators are widely distributed throughout hospitals, and their use is both infrequent and extremely critical, code readiness helps clinicians save more lives.

"By granting Shonin approval, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare now makes the R Series available to clinicians throughout Japan."

AZM will initiate marketing and selling the R Series Monitor/Defibrillator in early 2015.