Training and the ZOLL AED PLUS Help Ottawa Paramedic Service Save Lives
One City Employee Saves a Second Hockey Player from SCA
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- December 19, 2013
ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related
software solutions, announced today that the Public Access Defibrillator
program conducted by the Ottawa Paramedic Service (OPS) has saved 74 lives
from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) thanks to training individuals in
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using the ZOLL AED PLUS^®.
Since the Ottawa Public Access Defibrillator program began in 2001, OPS has
installed over 540 AED Plus units in public places, community centers, and
skating arenas throughout the capital city. It has also held 780 classes and
trained over 82,000 individuals in the Chain of Survival. As a result, Ottawa
has the highest survival rate among Canadian cities.
According to OPS Chief Anthony DiMonte, the City of Ottawa Paramedic Service
manages one of the largest public access defibrillator programs in Canada. The
OPS CPR/AED training is open to all residents of the city and is geared toward
anyone who is willing to learn this life-saving skill.
In further explaining the program’s success, DiMonte cited the heroic efforts
of a city employee who saved a second hockey player from SCA last month at the
Earl Armstrong Arena where he worked. In a remarkable coincidence, this second
event happened while this facilities operator was waiting to talk to the
hockey player whose life he helped save four years earlier on the same rink.
“I am extremely proud of this employee’s quick actions and his use of the
automatic external defibrillator that was located at Earl Armstrong Arena.”
DiMonte added. “By using the training he received by the Ottawa Paramedic
Service, he saved a second life.”
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 shock.
About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
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 globally each
year. It is the leading cause of unexpected death in the world and strikes
without warning. Survival is poor in most communities at less than eight
percent and improvements in resuscitation practices could save as many as half
of these victims.
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
acute critical care. For more information, visitwww.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 acute critical care,
dialysis, therapeutic apheresis, transfusion, and manufacture of
biotherapeutics, as well as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents, and
nutritional products. With more than 29,000 employees around the world, the
Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more
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CPR Help, and ZOLL are trademarks or registered trademarks of ZOLL Medical
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property of their respective owners.
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