SEPTA Equips Philadelphia Train Stations with HeartSine AEDs for Papal Visit

In preparation for the upcoming Papal visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, PA on September 26-27, 2015, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will equip several of its train stations with lifesaving HeartSine samaritan® PAD 350P (SAM 350P) Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), ensuring that the tens of thousands of event goers are protected in the event of a cardiac emergency.

The HeartSine samaritan PAD 350P AED, a device that analyzes the heart rhythm and delivers an electrical shock to victims of SCA in order to restore the heart to normal rhythm, will guard the public in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a life-threatening condition in which the heart stops beating without warning.

“The compact size of the HeartSine AEDs is ideal for our train stations,” said SEPTA Police Capt. Chuck Lawson.  “The safety of our customers and employees is extremely important, and having more of these lifesaving devices on-hand helps us ensure the well-being of those who use the transit system.”

“With the majority of SCA incidents taking place outside of the healthcare setting, it was an easy decision to offer our AEDs to SEPTA for use during the Papal visit”, says Stephen Garrett, Vice President of Sales for the Americas at HeartSine Technologies. “By placing these units, HeartSine is able to raise awareness about SCAs and the use of lifesaving AEDs, while protecting the heart safety of the public.”

SEPTA serves the counties of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery in Pennsylvania, with an annual ridership of more than 330 million across several different transportation modes, including the rail, buses, and trolleys.

The HeartSine AEDs will be equipped at the following train stations: 2nd Street, 40th Street Portal, Airport, Chestnut Hill West, Cornwells Heights, Croydon, Eastwick, Levittown, Marcus Hook, Media, Primos, Spring Garden, University City, Villanova, Wilmington, and Woodbourne.

In September 2015, Physio-Control announced that it was acquiring HeartSine. Learn more about Physio-Control at www.physio-control.com.