Defibtech for Freshwater Community - March 2013
LJ Hooker Freshwater are advertising the new purchase of a Defibtech Defibrillator by Bendigo Community Bank for the local community. A fantastic initiative that could have lifesaving benefits.
Defibtech Press Release to Distributors - March 25, 2013
We have heard from many of you over the past few days regarding the recent news from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its intent to further regulate AEDs. Defibtech’s Regulatory Team has been closely monitoring this FDA process since the FDA began signaling the possibility of this change last year and we have been working with other AED manufactures in our industry to track the ongoing developments.
A proposed order by the FDA affecting the classification of AEDs was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2013. The FDA is proposing to require the filing of a premarket approval application (PMA) for AED systems, which include the AED device and its accessories (i.e., pad electrodes, batteries, and adapters). The FDA will accept comments regarding this proposal for 90 days, until June 24, 2013 and will subsequently issue a final order regarding classification of AEDs sometime after that date. If the final order is substantially similar to the proposed order recently published, the FDA will require AED manufacturers to file a PMA for their existing AED products and for any future AED products. Defibtech is currently performing a thorough review of FDA’s proposed order regarding reclassification of AEDs, and intends to comply with any final order regarding such reclassification.
As in the past, Defibtech supports and takes the FDA regulatory processes very seriously and considers the agency a partner in our product development cycle. Regardless of the direction the FDA takes with these proposed changes, Defibtech is prepared to work closely with the agency to ensure that all our products comply with their new guidelines.
These changes from the FDA represent a significant expense and time commitment for all AED manufacturers to comply with the proposed order. Although this may affect some manufacturers, Defibtech expects no disruption in its ability to manufacture or sell its current products as a result of this potential reclassification of AED systems. Furthermore, Defibtech plans to continue making the significant investment in R&D that we have made in the past, which has allowed Defibtech to be a leader in introducing AED products into the market in recent years. Furthermore, the financial strength of our new parent, Nihon Kohden ($1.5 Billion in annual sales), gives us additional long-term resources to weather this increased regulatory climate.
Defibtech is proud of the high reliability and quality of the more than 175,000 AEDs that we have shipped. As we have throughout our history, we will continue to work hard to bring you and your customers the most innovative, safest, and highest quality products on the market.
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Defibtech Receives 6th Consecutive Marcum Tech Top 40 Honor - BusinessWire.com - Sept 28, 2012
By making easy-to-use automated external defibrillators (AEDs), Defibtech has enabled thousands of people around the world, who often have no previous rescue experience, to save sudden cardiac arrest victims. Marcum LLP and the Connecticut Technology Council recognized Defibtech as one of the state’s 40 fastest-growing technology companies yesterday evening in Wallingford. Defibtech was one of four life sciences companies receiving the Marcum Tech Top 40 honor.
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Lifeline VIEW AED a Breakthrough with New LCD Video Feature - Press Release - Aug 30, 2012
Today, AEDs are approaching a tipping point similar to the one that happened with the introduction of the iPhone. Before Apple launched this product, most consumers were intimidated by smart phones. The iPhone made smart phones easy - this innovation and its impact on other manufacturers made text and email by phone commonplace, turned mobile devices into the most common way to access the Internet, and merged it all with music, video and a world of apps. Now, many people manage their lives from their smart phone.
In a similar fashion, new AED technology merges audio, video, training and maintenance capabilities into an easy-to-use lifesaving device that inspires confidence in the minds of potential rescuers. A survey by AED designer and manufacturer Defibtech and Harris Interactive asked the question:
"In addition to audio instruction (provided by the AED during a rescue situation), what would give you greater confidence to use an AED?"
The answer? Video. With video, text and voice, 97 percent of the respondents said they would be able to use an AED to save a life.
In response, Defibtech introduced the VIEW AED, which has an innovative, exclusive LCD video feature that literally shows rescuers how to perform each step of an SCA rescue in real time – in accordance with the latest American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. The colour video is reinforced by loud and clear audio and corresponding text that can be understood in noisy environments. For example, when the VIEW’s audio says and text reads, “Place pads on patient’s chest,” the video shows exactly where to place the pads.
The VIEW also has embedded help videos that can be used during training to review the critical steps of a rescue, providing reassurance to rescuers that they will be ready during the stress of an emergency. In addition to the help videos, the VIEW has a patented status screen that shows the readiness of defibrillation pads and the AED’s battery, as well as the overall AED operational status. The VIEW AED virtually maintains itself through automated daily self-tests. Choosing an AED that’s easy for bystanders to use is important because not all AEDs are created equal.
7 Defibtech Lifeline View AED's Donated to Schools by Retired Police Officer - AED.com - June 11, 2012
In Limerick, Connecticut, a student suffered a fatal sudden cardiac arrest. It was a tragedy, but one that did not go unnoticed by the public. Bill Jones, a retired police officer, was in fact inspired by the tragedy and made it his goal to equip all of the schools in his region with Defibtech automated external defibrillators (AEDs). There were seven schools, so in turn he bought seven AEDs.
As one who formerly responded to emergencies, he knew the importance of AED units. He said that although their police cruisers were not equipped with units, they certainly should have been. For many of the schools he donated to, it would take the fire department a few minutes to get to, but often a few minutes is too late.
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Defibtech AED helps Law Enforcement Save Two Lives in a Week - AED.com - June 6, 2012
Officer John O’Neil had an emergency call to a local auto repair store because someone had collapsed from cardiac arrest. O’Neil quickly arrived and was the first on the scene. So he used his AED to stabilize the victim until the ambulance arrived.
Now, six months later, O’Neil received a similar call. Within four minutes he arrived and was once again the first on the scene. He found 63 year-old, Mary Jane Forte, on her couch with no pulse. Using the same Defibtech Lifeline View AED he had used to save the last person’s life, he attached the paddles and shocked her whenever the machine instructed him to push the button. By the time paramedics arrived, they were able to find a heartbeat and Forte only had to spend three days in the hospital.
Only three days before the incident, another officer, Christopher Prell also used his AED to save a man’s life. He responded to a call and found Charles Davis at his home not breathing and without a pulse. Prell administered CPR for seven minutes until paramedics arrived and brought Davis to the hospital. They said the only reason Davis was still alive was because of Prell’s efforts.
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Defibtech Wins a Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Innovation Prize - Guilford, CT - June 5, 2012
Defibtech announced today that it has won a Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Innovation Prize, for its Lifeline AUTO Fully Automatic External Defibrillator.
This year, the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) celebrates its 25th anniversary as the nation’s first state award using the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award criteria for Performance Excellence and the 17th anniversary of the CQIA Innovation Prize.
This 2012 award is the fifth time that the CQIA Partnership has awarded Defibtech with an Innovation Award. In 2004 Defibtech was recognized for its groundbreaking Lifeline AED, in 2006 an award was presented to Defibtech for the DefibtechMD AED Management Program, in 2008 the award acknowledged the innovativeness of the Defibtech AED Training Devices and in 2010 the Innovation Award recognized the significance of the Lifeline VIEW AED, the first and only AED with a full-color, full-motion video display.
Keilor Downs son saves his father's life with a Defibtech Defibrillator - Brimbank Leader - June 5, 2012
A Keilor Downs father of three wants CPR training to be mandatory in schools - and defibrillators at all sporting clubs - after the quick-thinking actions of his son saved his life.
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New Defibrillator ready at Jindabyne Visitor Centre - Summit Sun - May 3, 2012
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff at the Jindabyne office are trained and ready to use their new defibrillator, but they would rather meet you over a chat than a serious medical emergency.
NPWS Visitor Services Manager Mark Lees says there are defibrillators at Parks workshops, the Perisher Valley office in winter, and at Rawsons Pass in summer, and this new defibrillator is kept near the information desk in the Snowy Region Visitor Centre.
Full Story visit SummitSun.com.au
Defibtech Introduces TSO-Authorized Aviation Battery for Lifeline VIEW AED - MarketWatch - April 25, 2012
Defibtech today introduced the TSO-C142a-authorized aviation battery for the Lifeline VIEW automated external defibrillator (AED). Following rigorous testing, the aviation battery passed the aircraft industry's required safety and performance standards. The long-life battery provides for eight hours of continuous operation to monitor and document a patient's ECG during a flight, and to provide defibrillation shocks as required.
The battery (model DBP-2013) makes the revolutionary Lifeline VIEW AED available to the aviation industry. Weighing less than 3 pounds and having a footprint of 7.3 x 9.5 x 2.3 inches, the defibrillator saves both space and fuel costs. The AED also has passed U.S. military "drop and shock" tests, as well as vigorous vibration tests for ground, helicopter and jet aircraft.
In the air, on land or at sea: Lifeline VIEW redefines what an AED can be.
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Fabrice Muamba's Collapse Sparks FIFA Study of Cardic Arrest in Soccer - March 26, 2012
ZURICH - FIFA will be studying cardiac arrest cases involving soccer players to learn what caused Bolton's Fabrice Muamba to collapse during a match.
FIFA's chief medical officer said the project will be put forward at FIFA's medical conference on May 23-24 in Budapest, Hungary.
"We have invited all national-team doctors to establish a worldwide database for cases of sudden cardiac arrest," Dvorak told The Associated Press by telephone. "This will lead to analysis of the risk factors."
Muamba's condition is serious but stable in a London hospital, nine days after he collapsed during the first half of an FA Cup match at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium.
The 23-year-old Muamba's recovery has been followed across the world, but Dvorak hopes FIFA's new project will provide medical researchers with important information about lower-profile cases.
Dvorak said a defibrillator, which was used on Muamba as he lay on the field, is required at all FIFA-sanctioned matches and should be available at all World Cup qualifying matches.
Each of FIFA's 208 national members receives funding for medical projects as part of its $250,000 annual FIFA grant, Dvorak said.
By Graham Dunbar
Full Story visit: sports.nationalpost.com
Tony Abbott Rides Crest of Wave - February 23, 2012
Defibtech received an award for its support to the Disabled Surfers Association. Tony Abbott helped the disabled surfers participate in the "Lets go surfing day".
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We Should all Learn How to Mend a Broken Heart - Sun Herald - January 8, 2012
Defibtech To Show New Lifeline PRO AED at Medica 2011 - November 16, 2011
Defibtech will demonstrate its new Lifeline PRO automated external defibrillator (AED) at Medica 2011, November 16-19, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The Lifeline PRO provides professional responders with full manual control over shock energy and shock delivery. In manual mode, the ECG is clearly shown on the PRO's large, brightly lit, high-resolution color display, and the user can select the energy level and decide when to initiate charge and shock. In AED mode, the PRO can display either an ECG or step-by-step video instructions for performing defibrillation, chest compressions and rescue breathing.
"The Lifeline PRO finally gives professional responders an affordable way to do fully manual defibrillation. In addition, the PRO's 3-lead ECG monitoring capability gives them another valuable tool to use in caring for their patients," said Gianfranco Buchbinder, Defibtech's vice president of international sales.
In addition to having full manual capabilities, the Lifeline PRO can be used in AED mode, allowing the AED to make the shock/no-shock decisions using field-proven arrhythmia detection technology. "In AED mode, the Lifeline PRO provides CPR coaching and allows the rescuer to dynamically switch between hands-only CPR and CPR with breathing," Buchbinder added.
The Lifeline PRO continues Defibtech's tradition of ease-of-maintenance with extensive configuration and information menus presented on a full-color screen. When CPR protocols change, users can update the audio and video instructions in the field by installing a software upgrade using a USB cable or data card. In a similar fashion, data from the unit can be recorded or retrieved from the PRO using a card or USB cable. The unit will also be available as an AED with ECG display, without manual override, to be marketed as the Lifeline ECG AED.
The Lifeline PRO and Lifeline ECG are not yet available for sale. These products will be available in certain worldwide markets upon applicable regulatory approval.
Like other Defibtech AEDs, the Lifeline PRO is distinguished by ruggedness and durability, award-winning ergonomic design, easy maintenance, and biphasic technology, a clinically proven waveform and algorithm to deliver shocks and save lives.
"With AEDs in more than 40 countries, Defibtech continues to set the bar for innovation, ease of use and value," Buchbinder said. "We're excited to be showing the Lifeline PRO at Medica 2011."
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Defibtech Ships 300 Lifeline AEDs to Australia - February 28, 2011
Defibtech, LLC, a leading innovator in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) market, today announced that it shipped 300 Lifeline™ Automated External Defibrillators to Australia. This shipment adds to the more than 100,000 Defibtech AEDs shipped worldwide.
The shipment to Australia was sent to Healthcorp, a division of Device Technologies, which is Defibtech's exclusive distributor in Australia. Healthcorp has been responsible for distributing thousands of Defibtech AEDs throughout Australia. This shipment will be deployed to all State Emergency Service regions in New South Wales. The State Emergency Service (SES) is an emergency and rescue service, which has 226 sites located throughout New South Wales and is made up almost entirely of volunteers.
Defibtech AEDs have been shipped to more than 30 countries worldwide, including Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, China, Korea and India. Each country is able to order language-specific units, which "talk" the user through a rescue, providing audible step-by-step instructions. Defibtech AEDs are currently available in sixteen different languages.
While all of Defibtech's AEDs are manufactured in the United States, exports account for nearly half of the company's annual sales. In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce honored Defibtech with an Export Achievement Certificate for targeting export markets and creating jobs. "Markets across the globe have been extremely receptive to Defibtech AEDs," said Gianfranco Buchbinder, Defibtech's vice president of international sales, who has been responsible for building the company's network of international distributors. "We expect our success to continue."
AEDs revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation. Studies show that if victims are defibrillated within a minute or two after arrest, more than 70 percent survive. If defibrillation is delayed for more than 10 minutes, only 5 percent live, making immediate access to AEDs vital.
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