NEWTOWN, Pa., Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HeartSine® Technologies, Inc., a world leader in personal and public access defibrillators, announced today that it is the exclusive provider of Automated External Defibrillator devices (AEDs) to Golden Living, the nation's second largest nursing facility company.
As part of the agreement, the samaritan® PAD 300P Public Access Defibrillator, HeartSine's lifesaving product for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest, will be deployed in all 322 Golden LivingCenters and offices.
The samaritan PAD 300P was selected after a rigorous product evaluation process that involved Golden LivingCenters' clinical staff, nurses and other business professionals.
"We specialize in recovery care. That means we are committed to helping our patients transition from post-acute, hospital care to being able to go home to be with their loved ones as quickly as possible. In the past, an SCA event could prevent that from happening," said James Avery, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Golden Living.
When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops pumping blood to the rest of the body (including the brain) and the victim quickly loses consciousness. CPR alone will not restart the heart. The American Heart Association recommends defibrillation within three-to-five minutes for the best outcomes. After five minutes and every minute thereafter, an individual loses 10 percent of their brain function due to loss of oxygen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an SCA event occurs once every 34 seconds. "This is the first time we've had AEDs available in our facilities and we chose the Heart