HeartSine® Technologies, Inc., a world leader in defibrillators for public access and non professional use, has provided its samaritan® public access defibrillator (PAD) to professional golfer to Ernie Els for use on his private Gulfstream G IV-SP jet.
HeartSine’s Pad-Pak, which uniquely contains the battery and electronics in a single cartridge, is one of the first to obtain TSO-C142a certification, the Federal Aviation Administration’s highest ranking 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 in which a flight attendant is required and with a maximum payload capacity of more than 7,500 pounds to carry an approved AED onboard. While there is no specific regulation in the U.S. for small aircraft in regard to AEDs, aircraft owners and operators understand the value of an on-board AED to ensure quick defibrillation in order to provide the victim of sudden cardiac arrest with the best chance of survival.
“Unlike the AED it was chosen to replace, HeartSine’s samaritan PAD is much smaller and lighter, which is ideal our space-constrained airplane,” says Ernie Els’ pilot Ryan Winsted. “We also like the simplified maintenance that comes as a result of having both the battery and electrodes in a single cartridge.”
Whitney Brostrom, HeartSine’s Director of Marketing, presented the AED to Winsted at the 2013 U.S. Open. Winsted learned about HeartSine AEDs when CEO IntroNet Philadelphia Market Director, Jessica Hoffman made an introduction to HeartSine CEO Declan O’Mahoney.
“As in the aviation industry, legislation requiring the availability of AEDs in many public places is on the rise,” says Brostrom. ”These life-saving devices are becoming a standard of care as many states have mandated the deployment of AEDs in parks and recreational facilities like golf courses, where the risk of sudden cardiac arrest is high.”