Tigre Becomes First Heart Safe City in Argentina by Implementing ZOLL AED Plus

  Tigre Becomes First Heart Safe City in Argentina by Implementing ZOLL AED

        Over 4,000 Citizens Trained in CPR and How to Use the AED Plus

Business Wire

CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- February 13, 2013

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related
software solutions, announced today that the city of Tigre in the Province of
Buenos Aires, has installed ZOLL AED Plus^® units in public areas throughout
this popular tourist destination, making it the first Heart Safe City in

The city government partnered with community leaders, commercial
establishments, and the tourism industry to strategically locate the AED Plus
units and encase them in “totem pole” stations in heavily trafficked areas.
These vivid red kiosks are brightly labeled “Public Access Defibrillator” and
painted with instructions on how to use them. The city’s emergency response
bicycle patrols, its emergency response vehicles, as well as all police units,
were equipped with the AEDs.

The “cardio-protect” program also included a massive CPR training program in
which over 4,000 lay personnel from fruit vendors and bus drivers to those
working in area shops, restaurants, marine terminals, and transportation
systems learned CPR and how to use the AED Plus. The magnitude of this event
can be viewed in Spanish at YouTube video.

“Realizing that we could improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest by
teaching people CPR and how to use an AED, we decided to implement the
community-wide program,” said Juan Manual Carballido, Director of EMS, City of
Tigre. “We chose ZOLL because it was the only complete solution that included
both the AED Plus and CPR training. Most critically, the AED Plus offers Real
CPR Help^®, real-time CPR feedback that coaches the lay rescuer through each
step of the chain of survival and guides them to the correct depth and rate of
chest compression. It is extremely user friendly.”

“It’s our hope that other communities will emulate Tigre’s program once they
see the impact that good-quality CPR and publicly available AEDs can have on
saving lives. Having AEDs available in public places is integral to survival
when every second counts,” said Jonathan Rennert, President of ZOLL.

About the AED Plus
The ZOLL AED Plus is the first and only Full-Rescue AED that provides Real CPR
Help for the depth and rate of chest compressions during CPR. This feedback
technology helps rescuers provide high-quality manual CPR with real-time audio
and visual feedback to help them achieve the proper depth and rate of CPR
chest compressions. The AED Plus guides rescuers through the complete Chain of
Survival, helping all sudden cardiac arrest victims, not just those who need a

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
SCA, an abrupt disruption of the heart’s function, which causes a lack of
blood flow to vital organs, claims more than 1 million lives worldwide each
year. It is the leading cause of unexpected death in the world and strikes
without warning. Currently, only about 5 percent of victims survive; 95
percent will die from SCA.

About Tigre, Argentina
Tigre, a community of about 380,000, is located 17 miles north of Buenos
Aires. The town sits next to several islands, streams, and rivers in the
Paraná Delta, making it an important tourist and weekend attraction that’s
easily reached by bus, rail, and water ferries.

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 the 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 © 2013 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. AED Plus, 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.


Media Contacts:
ZOLL Medical Corporation
Diane Egan, +1 978-421-9637
City of Tigre
Francisco Capurro Robles, +54 911 57562522
Press Secretary
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