Defibtech Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Launch Effort to Place Public-Access AEDs in Critical Areas

Defibtech, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Launch Effort to Place Public-Access AEDs in Critical Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C.
June 2, 2008

In an effort to strengthen the "chain of survival" in communities across the nation, Defibtech and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) today launched an effort to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to communities with critical needs.

Announcing the effort during the first-ever National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week, Defibtech CEO Dr. Glenn W. Laub said the effort will address the dangers posed by sudden cardiac arrest and correct some common misperceptions about the roles of CPR and AEDs.  To read an article by Dr. Laub about how these roles are commonly misperceived, go to http://www.suddencardiacarrest.org and click the "SCAA Celebrates National CPR/AED Awareness Week" link.

Chris Chiames, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association executive director, said the association will work through its 25 local chapters and affiliates to identify communities where AEDs are needed to strengthen the "chain of survival," which includes 911 services, individuals trained in CPR, public-access defibrillators, and medical services including emergency, recovery and preventative care. "Using its grassroots network, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association will identify areas where public-access defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death," he said.

As these areas are identified, Defibtech will make donations appropriate to the need, Dr. Laub said, with the first donations to occur during June in honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week. He added that Defibtech's Lifeline™ and ReviveR™ AEDs are outstanding public-access defibrillator products. "Defibtech's AEDs are very easy to use, even by bystanders who have the desire to help a victim of sudden cardiac arrest but who may have not received prior training."