Monthly Archives: November 2011

Philips Heartstart FR3 Release

Post by Nathan Hysmith
Philips FR3

After receiving clearance from the FDA, Philips has recently launched their latest product to battle sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims…the Philips Heartstart FR3.  Professional responders who purchase this automated external defibrillator (AED) will benefit from the smallest and lightest professional-grade AED in the market.  Utilizing a heavy-duty protective case, the FR3 was designed to simplify saving lives.  As with any AED, before purchasing the FR3, one must receive a prescription and purchase medical direction.  Most distributors sell both of these add-ons with the unit.

In the United States alone, SCA claims over 300,00 lives per year making it one of the top causes of death in the country.  The heart rhythm most often associated with SCA is called ventricular fibrillation and is treated with defibrillation along with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  However, practicing CPR alone without defibrillation cannot restore a normal cardiac rhythm.  In fact, few attempts to resuscitate an SCA victim are successful after 10 minutes with no defibrillation.

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Rapid City Cardiac Arrest Save

Post by Justin Darby
Rapid City Cardiac Arrest Save

Jeff Seamans was riding in his car through Rapid City, South Dakota, when without warning, he was struck with Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  Jeff’s unresponsiveness prompted his wife & stepdaughter to immediately call 911.  Three Officers arrived on the scene within a few minutes.

The first officer arrive was Kathleen Callery, followed by Officer Chris Hunt and Officer Michael Frybarger. Officer Callery began CPR compressions while Officer Frybarger brought the Philips HeartStart FRx AED to the scene.  As soon as Office Frybarger attached the electrode pads to Jeff’s chest, it began to analyze for a shockable rhythm.  The Philips FRx AED took a brief 13 seconds to analyze and then administered a shock to Jeff’s chest…. Continue reading

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Physio-Control Acquired by Bain Capital


On November 17, 2011, Medtronic, Inc. announced that Bain Capital would acquire Physio-Control in a deal worth approximately $487 million. Physio-Control is a leading manufacturer in the defibrillation and resuscitation markets. The Lifepak brand of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and manual defibrillators is recognized worldwide. Brian Webster, present President and 20-year veteran of Physio-Control, will remain in his leadership role as Chief Executive Officer when the transaction is completed.

Bain Capital is a private investment firm with approximately $66 billion in assets, and previously purchased Physio-Control in the early 1990s, successfully taking the company public in 1995.

For more information on the acquisition, read about it here.


Post by Matt Spencer

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