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Federal Fire Department in Pearl Harbor Uses ZOLL AutoPulse to Save 37-Year-Old Seaman from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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CHELMSFORD, MASS. – ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, announced today that the Federal Fire Department Hawaii (FFD), based in Pearl Harbor, used training and a ZOLL AutoPulse® Non-invasive Cardiac Support Pump to help save the life of a 37-year-old active Navy service member. The serviceman collapsed during an early morning physical training run on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu. Only days before the event, the medic unit had undergone additional in-service training on the automated chest compression device. 

According to Dennis Yurong, Region EMS Chief for FFD Navy Region Hawaii, a car driving by noticed the man collapsed on the pavement and called 911. Personnel from Engine 112 and Medic 8 responded. They began CPR and followed ALS protocol, including defibrillating the pulseless and unresponsive male. The lead medic applied the AutoPulse following his recent training.

Once the AutoPulse started delivering automated chest compressions, the patient was loaded into the ambulance where he regained a pulse, resumed good blood pressure, and started breathing on his own en route to the hospital.

“The response team’s preparedness from their recent training resulted in saving a life,” said Yurong. “Our EMS ambulances, equipment, and training give our first responders an effective method of performing chest compressions, which in turn increases a victim’s chance of survival.”

One of the paramedics commented, “I would use it on a family member, “ said Jason Hanagani, a paramedic firefighter.

“The importance of being able to provide continuous, high-quality chest compressions during emergency situations, while also freeing up first responders to attend to the critical needs of patients, is paramount when every second counts,” Yurong said.

About the AutoPulse
The AutoPulse is an automated, portable device with an easy-to-use, load-distributing LifeBand® that squeezes the entire chest, improving blood flow to the heart and brain during sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The AutoPulse delivers high-quality, uninterrupted chest compressions to maintain myocardial and cerebral perfusion even when moving patients, traveling in an ambulance or while undergoing PCI. It may offer a significant advantage over manual CPR, moving blood more consistently than human providers. Additionally, it offers the benefit of freeing up rescuers to focus on other life-saving interventions and keeps both patients and rescuers safe in the back of a moving ambulance.

Nearly 6,000 AutoPulse devices are in use in hospitals and emergency service organizations worldwide.

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 325,000 lives each year in the U.S. It is the leading cause of unexpected death in the world and strikes without warning. Survival is poor at less than eight percent, but improvements in resuscitation practices could save as many as half of these victims.

About Federal Fire Department Region Hawaii (FFD)
The Federal Fire Department Region Hawaii, based in Pearl Harbor on Oahu, serves all branches of the military─Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. It responds to approximately 3,600 emergency calls a year. FFD Hawaii operates 15 fire stations with a fleet of 53 fire apparatus, 37 specialized response vehicles, and six ambulances. It employs a staff of 299 civilian and 27 military personnel. For more information, visit http://usfiredept.com/federal-fire-department-hawaii-7927.html.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation
ZOLL Medical Corporation 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.

A NASDAQ Global Select company and a Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Company in 2007, 2008, and 2009, ZOLL develops and manufactures its products in the United States, in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. More than 400 direct sales and service representatives, 1,100 business partners, and 200 independent representatives serve our customers in over 140 countries around the globe. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the anticipated development of the Company's business, our belief regarding revenues, and other statements contained herein regarding matters that are not historical facts, are “forward-looking” statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on December 17, 2010 and updated in the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed subsequently to the Form 10-K, including the Form 10-Q Quarterly Report filed on August 8, 2011. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release, and the Company disavows any obligation to update or supplement those statements in the event of any changes in the facts, circumstances, or expectations that underlie those statements.

Copyright © 2011 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. AutoPulse, LifeBand, and ZOLL are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

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