Philips donates millionth AED in US
19 September 2012
Philips has announced it will donate its one-millionth
HeartStart AED automated external defibrillator) to Everett Mountain
Rescue Unit (EMRU) of Snohomish, Washington. EMRU is a volunteer search
and rescue organization serving Snohomish County, Wash., also the
location of Philips’ HeartStart headquarters.
The one-millionth AED marks a major milestone in Philips’ 50+
year legacy of cardiac resuscitation and innovations to combat the
potentially fatal effects of SCA, a condition that claims the lives
of approximately seven million people globally every year. Philips
will also make AED donations to nine other local search and rescue
organizations, including Snohomish County Volunteer Search and
Rescue (SCVSAR) and eight groups associated with the Washington
Mountain Rescue Association (WMRA).
“We pride ourselves on expanding public access to AEDs so that
virtually anyone can have the power to help save a life,” said Mike
Mancuso, executive vice president and CEO, Philips Patient Care and
“Experts at Philips have worked with community-based early
defibrillation champions and resuscitation healthcare leaders to
drive early defibrillation program best practices, and have helped
establish defibrillation programs at the top US airlines and the
nation’s busiest hospitals. We are dedicated to saving lives and
overjoyed that so many HeartStart AEDs are now available across the
globe for emergency situations.”
“Most of the search and rescue organizations receiving the
donated AEDs today have either never had one, or have earlier models
which were not built for extreme conditions,” said Richard Duncan,
operations leader with EMRU and flight paramedic with SCVSAR
helicopter rescue team.
“Our new Philips AEDs have a rugged, reliable construction, which
will aid our rescues in difficult, outdoor conditions. Washington’s
mountains attract thousands of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts from
around the world each year. The donation from Philips will allow us
to serve them and the community more confidently than ever before.”
Need for AEDs
Nearly 300,000 lives are claimed each year in the US from SCA,
making it one of the leading causes of death in the country. In
fact, SCA can happen to anyone, regardless of age or physical
fitness and there are often no symptoms leading up to a collapse.
The best chance of survival from the most common causes of SCA is
defibrillation from an AED within the first few minutes of collapse.
For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation,
survival decreases by seven to 10 percent,iv making quick access to
AEDs crucial in these emergency situations.
Philips also provides resources so more people like the
volunteers at SCVSAR and WMRA can turn from a bystander to a
life-saver by using a HeartStart AED.
In addition to professional training offered by Philips experts,
Philips also recently launched the Save Lives website, which helps
inform people across the world about SCA and empower them to act in
an emergency. The site provides user-friendly information on how to
use an AED and what to do if someone is suffering from SCA.
The Save Lives website: