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Stryker Corporation has announced that it will no longer support some of its older defibrillator products later this year. The announcement, posted on their website, ends support for the LIFEPAK 12 monitor/defibrillator, LIFEPAK 20 defibrillator/monitor, LIFEPAK 500 defibrillator, and HeartSine samaritan PAD 300 and 300P. The existing product line including the LIFEPAK 15, LIFEPAK 1000, LIFEPAK 20e, LIFEPAK CR2, LIFEPAK CR Plus and the HeartSine family of AEDs (350P, 360P, and 450P) will continue to be supported by Stryker. The LIFEPAK 12 and LIFEPAK 20 units were primarily used by hospital and EMS customers. The LIFEPAK 500 was popular as...

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Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the US and abroad.  It can happen to anyone, at any place, and any time regardless of gender, physical condition, or age.  People who experience cardiac arrest have only minutes for a series of very important actions to happen: Recognition of the emergency and calling 911 Immediate CPR to pump oxygenated blood to the brain, heart, and organs Defibrillation using an AED to "reset" the heart and allow it to begin pumping normally Fast arrival of advanced life support from paramedics and transportation to definitive care These actions serve as individual...

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As the Health and Safety Manager of your workplace, you've finally completed the seemingly endless process of researching, budgeting, purchasing, and installing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the wall of the break room.  You've arranged for a team of employees to undergo Heartsaver CPR AED training with the American Heart Association.  Now it's time to check this task off your list and move on to the dozens of other assignments you've fallen behind on. Unfortunately the technology that makes AEDs function requires human intervention to ensure devices are ready to do their job. AED technology has come a long way...

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A key to the success of Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) programs is the strategic distribution of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in the community. Leaders and advocates spend countless hours debating the placement of each AED, and for good reason: American Heart Association recommendations aim for defibrillation within three minutes of a cardiac arrest. Simply put, the placement of more AEDs in densely populated areas improves the likelihood that an AED will be nearby when someone has a cardiac arrest. When combined with high-quality CPR, early defibrillation significantly increases a victim's chance of survival. This story takes us to the...

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