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Two Key North American Customers Deploy New Version of ZOLL PocketCPR

  Two Key North American Customers Deploy New Version of ZOLL PocketCPR

 FDA and Health Canada-Cleared Version Meets Latest AHA Guidelines to Aid in
                                Lifesaving CPR

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- November 13, 2012

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related
software solutions, announced today that the newest version of the PocketCPR^®
has been purchased by two key North American customers, the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the Canadian Coast
Guard Auxiliary (CCGA), to aid in lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) chest compressions for training and in clinical practice. The latest
version of the device has been cleared by both the Federal Drug Administration
(FDA) and Health Canada to meet the 2010 American Heart Association (AHA)
Guidelines.

ZOLL PocketCPRprovides Real CPR Help^® that can “see” the chest compressions
and guide the user to the proper depth and rate with real-time visual and
audio feedback. Real-time feedback technology to improve compression depth
during CPR is strongly endorsed in the 2010 AHA Guidelines andthe latest
PocketCPR fully complies with the 2010 Guidelines. Real CPR Help will now
guide chest compressions to a depth of at least two inches as recommended by
the AHA or at least 5 centimeters deep per the European Resuscitation Council.
PocketCPR also coaches the rescuer to provide compressions at a rate of at
least 100 per minute by following the audible and visual metronome during CPR.

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Equips Response Teams and Vessels with
PocketCPR

Founded in 1978, the CCGA has a fleet of over 1,130 vessels that respond to
over 2,000 marine incidents annually. The 400 PocketCPR devices, which were
purchased through a grant, will be distributed among the CCGA’s response teams
and vessels to help protect those who may experience cardiac arrest while at
sea. The CCGA is a nonprofit organization and a registered charity made up of
volunteer resources throughout Canada.

“Our teams have been credited with saving 200 lives annually through our
national marine search and rescue (SAR) response network,” said Ted Smith,
CCGA National President. “We are confident we can improve survival rates for
patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest with PocketCPR. It is simple to
use and intuitive and we are excited to implement it for use both in training
and in the field.”

Pocket CPR Helps CAL FIRE Implement AHA 2010 Guidelines

Each year CAL FIRE responds to over 300,000 emergency incidents that include a
broad range of medical emergencies and natural disasters. To assist employees
with implementing the AHA 2010 Guidelines in their clinical practice and
training, CAL FIRE will deploy 300 PocketCPR devices to further the
department’s mission to serve and safeguard the people of California.

“Adherence to the AHA 2010 Guidelines is a part of the CAL FIRE Public Safety
First Aid and CPR programs,” said David Duncan, MD, FACEP, CAL FIRE Medical
Director. “Effective CPR greatly increases the rate of success in
resuscitation and survival rates for our sudden cardiac arrest patients.”

In the first published report^1 to show an improvement in out-of-hospital
cardiac arrest survival by achieving the 2010 AHA CPR Guidelines, real-time
audio visual feedback combined with scenario-based training was associated
with a significant improvement in the proportion of chest compressions meeting
the 2010 AHA Guidelines and a statistically significant 90% relative increase
in overall survival.

“CAL FIRE and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary are to be commended for
deploying Pocket CPR with Real CPR Help to their teams in an effort to
optimize chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest,” said Jonathan A.
Rennert, President of ZOLL. “The ability to provide the proper chest
compression depth and rate is a critical aspect of high-quality CPR and
essential to saving lives.”

How it Works

Position PocketCPR on the victim’s chest, place hands directly on top of the
device and follow the prompts for CPR chest compressions. PocketCPR instructs
the user to:

  *Stay calm
  *Call for help
  *Open airway, check for breathing
  *Start CPR

PocketCPR prompts the user with audible and visual feedback to perform CPR
consistent with the 2010 AHA, ERC, and International Liaison Committee on
Resuscitation (ILCOR) Guidelines—compression depth of at least 2 inches (5-6
cm) and to provide compressions at a rate of at least 100 per minute by
following the audible and visual metronome. If good compressions are
delivered, PocketCPR will respond with “good compressions” and flash four LED
lights. If good compressions are not being delivered, PocketCPR will instruct
the user to “push harder” and will flash just one LED.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group company, develops and markets
medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and
save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With
products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data
management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL
provides a comprehensive set of technologies that help clinicians, EMS and
fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and
critical care. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

About Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by holding
company Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the chemicals and fibers, homes
and construction materials, electronics, and health care business sectors. Its
health care operations include devices and systems for critical care,
dialysis, therapeutic apheresis, transfusion, and manufacture of
biotherapeutics, as well as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents, and
nutritional products. With more than 25,000 employees around the world, the
Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more
information, visit www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/.

Copyright © 2012 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. Pocket CPR,
Real CPR Help, and ZOLL are trademarks or registered trademarks of ZOLL
Medical Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Asahi Kasei
is a registered trademark of Asahi Kasei Corporation. All trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.

^1 Note: “Achieving the 2010 AHA Guideline Metrics is Associated with Improved
Survival from Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest” poster presented at AHA 2011.
http://www.azdhs.gov/azshare/documents/AHA_ReSS2011EMSPoster.pdf

Contact:

ZOLL Medical Corporation
Diane Egan, +1 978-421-9637
degan@zoll.com
 
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