Newtown, PA – November 26, 2012 – HeartSine® Technologies, Inc., a world leader in personal and public access defibrillators, announced today that it has signed an agreement with American Airlines (AMR) to become the supplier of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the airline. American Airlines, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, is one of the world’s largest commercial airlines. HeartSine will supply samaritan® PAD 300P AEDs that will be installed in all aircraft in the American Airlines and American Eagle fleets, as well as in all ground operations and offices. AEDs are designed for the lifesaving treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.
Marc Lawrence, senior vice president, HeartSine Technologies, notes, “HeartSine Technologies’ innovators have been at the forefront of placing life-saving technology in the hands of users of all skill levels since the 1960s, with the development of the world’s first out-of-hospital defibrillator designs. Today, with our agreement with American Airlines, we’re honored to work with a company of innovators in their own right. In 1997, American Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to begin equipping its aircraft with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and later was among the very first U.S. airlines to equip its entire fleet – about 700 aircraft – with the units. Over the years, AEDs have helped American and its flight crews save many passenger lives. We’re honored to help write the next chapter of that lifesaving story with the people of American Airlines. Commercial aviation industry is an important market for us and we look forward to serving others in the industry soon as well.”
HeartSine’s Pad-Pak™ electrode and battery cartridge, designed for its samaritan® PAD 300P AEDs, now carries the Federal Aviation Administration’s TSO-C142a certification, so it’s qualified for use on commercial aircraft. This Technical Standard Order (TSO) applies to non-rechargeable lithium cells and batteries intended for commercial aviation use. The FAA requires all commercial aircraft with more than 19 seats to carry an AED onboard.
Thomas N. Bettes, M.D., MPH, American Airlines’ Corporate Medical Director and the 2012 winner of the Airlines Medical Directors Association’s (AMDA) George J. Kidera Award, notes, “A lot of factors went into our choice of the samaritan PAD 300P. First and foremost was their partnership approach to our business. HeartSine’s total solution combined a clinically superior AED with an operations model that we just couldn’t find anywhere else. From a clinical perspective, the proprietary SCOPE™ Biphasic technology in their AED optimizes first shock conversions, which is so critical to treating sudden cardiac arrest.”
Bettes continued, “We were also very attracted to their Pad-Pak design, which integrates the battery and electrodes into a single self-contained cartridge, reducing the number of time-sensitive items my department must procure and inventory, as well as the number of expiration dates we have to manage. We also appreciate the advantages of HeartSine’s smaller, lighter-in-weight unit in terms of annual fuel cost savings.”
When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops pumping blood to the rest of the body (including the brain) and the victim quickly loses consciousness. CPR alone will not restart the heart. The American Heart Association recommends defibrillation within three to five minutes for the best outcome. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an SCA event occurs once every 34 seconds.
About HeartSine Technologies
The mission of HeartSine, a world leader in personal and public access defibrillators, is to advance the deployment of life-saving defibrillation therapy for the treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in non-traditional areas of care. The HeartSine samaritan® PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) is specifically designed to meet all of the demands of public access use. Our entire line of AED products includes clinically advanced SCOPE technology that optimizes the administration of life-saving treatment. Our units are IP56 rated for durability and exceptional reliability to meet the unique environmental needs of public use, and they provide a lower total cost of ownership. HeartSine also offers a comprehensive portfolio of AED solutions that include planning, design, implementation and administration, enabling medical oversight, training and management of AED devices through a single point of contact.
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