Automatic External Defibrillator Help Increase the Survival Rate

Automatic External Defibrillator Help Increase the Survival Rate

Springfield, Mo. – Prime, Inc. today announced that it has deployed automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), one of the country's leading medical emergencies and causes of death. Prime Inc. has 3,000 employees.

Prime Inc. has purchased two Agilent Technologies' Heartstream FR2 AEDs, which will be placed throughout the facility. The devices will be located in various locations throughout the company including the Main Terminal Building, where most of the company's associates are located, and the New Millennium Building, which houses gym and workout facilities, to allow for the timeliest response in the event of an emergency. Twenty company employees recently completed a training program to use the new devices.

The Heartstream AED will be used to apply defibrillation therapy, or an electrical charge to the heart, to SCA victims. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the U.S. survival rate from SCA is 5 percent, largely because life-saving defibrillation-the definitive treatment for SCA-does not reach victims in time. The deployment of AEDs will dramatically decrease the time it takes to reach victims.

"We have been looking into implementing this program for some time," said Dave Johnson of the Prime Inc. safety department. "The American Heart Association has said that each minute from the time of attack until defibrillation reduces a victim's chance of survival by 10 percent, making this essentially a race against time. By equipping Prime Inc. with defibrillators we will be able to significantly cut the time it takes to treat victims. The Heartstream AED gives us a dependable, easy-to-use and low-maintenance device that will help save lives."

About the Agilent Technologies Heartstream FR2 AED

The Heartstream FR2 AED is a breakthrough in defibrillation technology that makes it practical for broad groups of emergency first responders (emergency medical technicians, fire-department personnel, police officers, security guards, flight attendants and other authorized first responders) to deliver time-critical defibrillation therapy to victims of SCA. The Heartstream AED is the only FDA-cleared AED with low-energy SMART Biphasic technology. It was designed specifically to make the implementation of early-response programs practical in communities, industrial settings, and other public and private facilities.

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