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Boston school AEDs: Hoops for Heart Health donates Powerheart AEDs
The Boston public schools are two AEDs closer to gymnasium safety with a recent donation from the Hoops for Heart Health Foundation.
Through Hoops for Heart Health, former Celtic forward (now with the Timberwolves) Ryan Gomes is partnering with the Greg Moyer Defibrillator Fund and Cardiac Science to donate Powerheart G3 automated external defibrillators to 12 cities during the 2009-2010 NBA season. Dec. 20, two AEDs were donated to the Boston public schools at a half-time ceremony at Boston Garden. The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation helped underwrite the Boston donation.
The Hoops for Heart Health donations are important in a city where, according to a recent Boston Channel AED report, only 93 of 135 public schools are equipped with AEDs. Just two weeks ago Boston news media reported the story of a seven-year-old boy who collapsed with cardiac arrest during a holiday party at Josiah Quincy School. The boy was rescued by school nurses and paramedics using CPR and the school’s AED.
Powerheart AED G3 Plus wins human factors design award
With an automated external defibrillator, easy of use is not just a design consideration — it can mean the critical difference between life and death. The Powerheart AED G3 Plus‘ voice-prompt interface has been recognized by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and honored with a User-Centered Product Design Award.
The award recognized the design of the defibrillator’s voice prompts that guide a user, step by step, through a rescue. The design work was done for Cardiac Science by Interface Analysis Associates.
“The company’s work on the voice-prompt interface resulted in a higher rate of successful rescues, as shown by simulated test,” according to a report in the December 2009 HFES Bulletin.