AED Superstore(R) Launches New AED Upgrade Website to Help Portable Defibrillator Owners and Users Implement New CPR Guidelines

Aug 08, 2006, 01:00 ET from AED Superstore

    BOULDER JUNCTION, Wis., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Heart
 Association (AHA) has changed the method rescuers will use to perform
 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and deploy automated external
 defibrillators (AEDs). Changes made to the rules of CPR by the American
 Heart Association will profoundly affect the way CPR is performed. This
 rule change is called "Guidelines 2005" by the AHA.
     More importantly, hundreds of thousands of portable AEDs, such as those
 manufactured by Cardiac Science, Defibtech, HeartSine, Medtronic Physio-
 Control, Philips, Welch Allyn and ZOLL, will require updating or
 reprogramming to conform to these new guidelines. In some cases, older AED
 models cannot be reprogrammed to comply with the new AHA Guidelines. AEDs
 have easy-to-follow audible prompts which guide rescuers during the
 emergency. Devices which do not conform to the new guidelines may confuse
 rescuers who have been trained under the new CPR protocols.
     To help AED owners and users learn more about the new guidelines and to
 facilitate the upgrade process, the AED Superstore(R) has sponsored a new
 website which can be found at . This website is
 frequently updated with the most current information available.
     "The new AHA guidelines significantly change the way people will use
 their AEDs and the way CPR is performed in the field," said Jonathan Dobbs,
 Customer Relations Manager of the AED Superstore(R). "Among the dozens of
 different models of AEDs in service worldwide, finding accurate upgrade
 information can be overwhelming. The AED Superstore(R) is committed to
 helping AED owners navigate the upgrade process quickly and easily."
     An AED is an essential tool used during a cardiac arrest emergency. is designed to educate AED users about the changes in CPR
 delivery and to provide information to help them make the most of their
 devices. Consumers researching the purchase of a new AED can learn if
 specific models already comply with the new AHA guidelines or find
 information about future availability. will show defibrillator owners which models of AEDs and
 AED training units may be upgraded to comply with the new guidelines. In
 addition, visitors will find a wealth of current information on
 availability, pricing, and instructions for upgrading their devices.
     According to Dobbs, AED upgrades should be timed to coincide with
 updated guidelines training from their local CPR instructor. The device
 upgrade and rescuer reeducation processes are expected to take up to two
 years. AED owners should consult their medical director before performing
 any device revisions.
     About the AED Superstore(R)
     The AED Superstore(R) is a privately held subsidiary of Allied 100, LLC
 of Wisconsin and is the world's largest source of automated external
 defibrillators (AEDs), accessories, and AED programs to businesses,
 schools, churches, homes, and individuals. For more information about the
 AED Superstore(R) and its products, visit , or
 call toll-free 1-877-AED-STAT (1-877-233-7828).

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