Philips supports city cardio-health

Philips is on a mission to reduce cardiac arrest related deaths. In Los Angeles, Philips has launched an extensive public program, providing easy use defibrillators that allow regular citizens the power to deliver that crucial, life-giving shock.

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By  Kate Concannon Published  February 5, 2002

In a bid to protect the Los Angeles public from preventable death related to sudden cardiac arrest, Philips has launched an extensive program to provide public access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Sudden cardiac arrest can occur anywhere at any time, often without warning. Defribillation is a highly effective treatment, however, it must be delivered within minutes of the attack.

Estimates suggest that only 5% of such victims survive. This dim statistic is thought to be directly related to the crucial time delays that keep appropriate resuscitation equipment from arriving on the scene in time for successful defibrillation to be performed.

Philips hopes that these statistics may be improved by supplying Los Angeles with its Heartstream FR2 AEDs, which require little to no training to operate and are placed in key public areas throughout the city.

The AEDs are equipped with ‘SMART analysis’, a technology,which automatically determines whether or not a shock is required — thereby protecting the victim from human error and simultaneously allowing virtually anyone to use the device successfully.

“It’s our goal for these systems to be everywhere that people work, live and play. This is truly an example of Philips technology making things better for people,” said Deborah Di Sanzo, vice president of cardiac resuscitation for Philips Medical Systems.

As yet, no plans for the implementation of this cardio-health program in any city within the Middle East have been announced.

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