DEERFIELD, Wis., July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cardiac Science announced today that the Boston Public Schools will purchase Powerheart® G5 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to update and expand the district’s AED program covering school buildings and school sports.
The Powerheart G5 is the first AED to combine automatic shock delivery, dual-language rescue prompting, variable escalating energy, and rapid shock times. The device enables first-time users as well as professional rescuers to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) incident.
The school district will use the new AEDs to replace outdated units and to provide additional AEDs for its 125 schools, some of which have multiple buildings. The Boston Public Schools currently serves more than 56,000 students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.
“The safety of our students and staff in the Boston Public Schools is always our top priority,” said Richard Deraney, a manager in the school district’s Office of Safety Services. “We went with Cardiac Science because the Powerheart G5 AED is a good product. They’re fully automatic, and easy to use in an emergency. We know because we have used them.”
Massachusetts recently passed a law that mandates AEDs in schools. Public and private schools will be required to have AEDs in place along with trained personnel by July 2018. Even prior to the law’s passage, the Boston Public Schools had implemented a Powerheart AED program that saved a life.
Three years ago, students, administrators and a nurse at Boston’s John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science used a Powerheart AED to help save the life of a teacher who had collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest in the classroom.
“The students made the 911 call, started CPR, and sent someone for the AED,” Deraney said. Eventually, the teacher was revived and was then transported to a nearby hospital.
“Powerheart AEDs are designed to make it as easy as possible to come to the aid of a sudden cardiac arrest victim,” said Ed Kennedy, Vice-President, Americas, Cardiac Science. “We are proud that the Boston Public Schools has chosen Powerheart G5 AEDs to help protect people in their buildings and on their playing fields.”
The Boston Public Schools joins several school systems throughout the country using Powerheart AEDs to help protect students, staff and visitors from the threat of sudden cardiac arrest.
About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is an abrupt loss of heart function causing blood to stop flowing to the brain and other vital organs, and causing the person to collapse. SCA can occur among people of all ages and is often fatal if not treated within minutes of onset. According to the American Heart Association, each year more than 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. Both the American Heart Association and European Resuscitation Council recommend early defibrillation within three to five minutes and effective CPR for the best chance at survival.
About Cardiac Science
Cardiac Science develops, manufactures, and markets automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and related parts, components and accessories. The company also provides a comprehensive portfolio of training, maintenance, and support services for AED customers. Cardiac Science has executive offices in Deerfield, Wisconsin. The company has operations in North America, Europe and Asia and has an installed base of over 500,000 units in nearly 100 countries worldwide. For information, call 1.800.426.0337 or visit http://www.cardiacscience.com. For media questions, contact Ric Kositzke at +1.262.953.7624.