Big Brazilian Order Placed for ZOLL AEDs

More than 5,000 units are involved, the largest order to date since the AED Plus was introduced in 2002, according to the company.

Brazil's Ministry of Health has awarded a contract to ZOLL Medical Corporation to supply its AED Plus automated external defibrillators to EMS units nationwide in that country, Chelmsford, Mass.-based ZOLL announced. The company said the order for more than 5,000 AEDs is the largest single order for the AED Plus since it was introduced in 2002, and it is also the largest AED purchase by the ministry.

This ZOLL photo shows the AED Plus.The defibrillators are being standardized in the SAMU (Sistema de Atendimento Movel de Urgencia), or Emergency Mobile Treatment Service, which is Brazil's public EMS Service. It includes ambulances, motorcycles, helicopters, and rescue boats, according to the announcement.

"This is a major investment undertaken for a public EMS system on a worldwide scale. The AED Plus will be a key element to strengthen each link of the chain of survival and provide the best support when rescuing a victim of sudden cardiac arrest," said Dr. Clesio Mello de Castro, coordinator for the SAMU.

"The expansive placement of the AED Plus across Brazil is an important initiative in improving survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest," said Jonathan A. Rennert, president of ZOLL. "Delivering early defibrillation in combination with high-quality CPR is critical to improving resuscitation outcomes."

ZOLL manufactures its products in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island and sells them worldwide.

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