Forward Hearts

 

Forward Hearts lets survivors of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) event, in which a HeartSine Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been used, to pay it forward and potentially save another life by donating an AED to the organization of the survivor’s choice.

Stryker is committed to saving lives and making public access AEDs more readily available in the workplace and community. The donation of a defibrillator through the Forward Hearts program extends this lifesaving technology to even more people, offering many a better chance of survival in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.

How the program works

When a HeartSine AED is used to save a life*, the sudden cardiac arrest survivor chooses an organization to receive a donated AED provided by Stryker on behalf of the survivor. The survivor can choose to make their donation to the organization anonymously or be part of a public announcement.

If you have a Forward Hearts story, or know of someone who survived a sudden cardiac arrest due to a HeartSine AED, please share your story with us by completing a Forward Hearts form.

Tell us your sudden cardiac arrest story

To have an AED donated to the organization of your choice, tell us your own SCA story. Complete our Forward Hearts form, and a Stryker representative will be in touch with you to get the details for donating the AED to the organization of your choice.

Three simple steps

  1. Immediately after a HeartSine AED is used during an SCA, download the event data file (.evo) from your AED.
  2. Complete and submit the following to AEDEvent@Stryker.com:
    – HeartSine Customer Event Report form (with no identifying patient information)
    – Event file (.evo)
  3. After the event is approved (met qualifications and the information provided is complete), complete, sign and submit Forward Hearts form.

The Saver EVO software and Saver EVO User Manual are available for download. The Customer Event Report form can be completed as a PDF form or using our online Customer Event Report form. The Donation Details form can be completed as a PDF form or using our online Forward Hearts form.

* Qualifications

Event

  • Event must be a sudden cardiac arrest to qualify. (Event is reviewed by Stryker Clinical team, whose decision is final.)
  • Stryker must receive the original .evo event file (pdf file will not be accepted) and Customer Event Report form.
  • Patient must have survived until hospital admission.
  • AED must be used in a non-professional rescue. (Out of hospital, in a workplace or community setting by a layperson rescuer.)
    • Events in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, and fire departments are excluded from the program

Donation

Survivor must:

  • Approve the donation (Survivor must participate)
  • Submit a signed Donation Details form
  • Choose organization for a donation (non-profit or for profit)
  • Indicate if they would like publicize donation, with or without their name, or not publicize the donation (not promoted by Stryker or the distributor)
    (Note: If the survivor provides an interview to media about the donation, the donation will no longer be considered anonymous or confidential)
  • Indicate AED preference for donation: semi-auto HeartSine samaritan PAD 350P, or fully auto HeartSine samaritan PAD 360P
  • Not choose to donate the AED to themselves, another individual, or any healthcare provider or medical professional