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Qatar Unveils New Ambulances Equipped with Physio-Control Lifesaving Tools

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REDMOND, Wash. and DOHA, Qatar – April 9, 2013 – Physio-Control, a leading provider of emergency medical response technologies worldwide, today announced that Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the premier non-profit healthcare provider in Qatar, is deploying 100 new, state-of-the-art ambulances equipped with a full suite of Physio-Control emergency medical response solutions, including the LUCAS® Chest Compression System, LIFEPAK® 15 monitor/defibrillator, LIFENET® System data network and LIFEPAK 1000 automated external defibrillator (AED). Combined, these technologies will help the HMC Ambulance Service and hospital-based care teams deliver advanced levels of care, helping improve patient outcomes in Qatar.

“The HMC Ambulance Service is the first national ambulance service to fully implement these cutting edge technologies across a whole fleet of vehicles,” said Dr. Robert Campbell Owen, chief executive officer, Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service. “Combined, these technologies are helping the HMC Ambulance Service and hospital-based care teams deliver advanced levels of care, helping improve patient outcomes in Qatar. The Ambulance Service aims to continuously evolve our service to meet the needs of our community, and the introduction of these new vehicles is a testament to that and our commitment to saving lives.”

LUCAS is an external, mechanical device that provides chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in accordance with the 2010 American Heart Association/European Resuscitation Council Guidelines. LUCAS frees-up rescuers to perform other critical tasks and improves EMS provider safety, and unlike humans performing CPR, never gets tired. In addition to LUCAS, the following Physio-Control solutions are now in use aboard the HMC ambulance fleet:
• LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator – featuring advanced non-invasive monitoring parameters, including 12-lead ECG capture and transmission, temperature, EtCO2, carbon monoxide, SpO2, methemoglobin and is the only multi-parameter defibrillator available with the capability to deliver shocks up to 360-joules
• LIFENET System – a comprehensive cloud-based data network that helps EMS and hospital teams work more efficiently by sharing critical chest pain patient data to reduce time-to-treatment, and enabling device software and configuration system-wide
• LIFEPAK 1000 AED – an easy-to-use AED designed for rugged environments

“This represents a major commitment by Hamad Medical Corporation to provide the highest level of patient care and is a testament to the strong partnership between Physio-Control and HMC, dating back to 1996,” said Mathieu Badard, vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Asia, at Physio-Control, Inc. “In addition, our Qatar distribution partner, Aamal Medical, has been instrumental in providing HMC with first-rate training and service support for the new equipment.”

About Hamad Medical Corporation
HMC is the principal public healthcare provider for the State of Qatar. The Corporation manages eight hospitals along with further specialist clinical, educational and research facilities, and is growing in capacity each year around the diverse needs of the evolving population. HMC’s ambition is to become an academic health system; a world leading center of excellence in clinical care, medical education and research that transforms into significant clinical advancements. HMC was the first public healthcare system outside the United States to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation for all hospitals simultaneously.

About Physio-Control, Inc.
Physio-Control, Inc. is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company operates in over 100 countries and is the world’s leading provider of professional emergency medical response solutions that predict or intervene in life threatening emergencies. To learn more visit www.physio-control.com.

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