October 22, 2004

FOR: ZOLL Medical Corporation

Chief Financial Officer
ZOLL Medical Corporation
(978) 421-9655
PRESS CONTACT: Robert Minicucci
Corporate Communications Manager
ZOLL Medical Corporation
+1 (978) 421-9832



Friday, October 22, 2004 – BETHEL, Conn., - Duracell today launched a nationwide initiative to help raise awareness about the need for defibrillators in schools. Through a partnership with ZOLL Medical Corporation, Duracell will show parents and educators how important it is to have these critical life-saving devices in schools across the country.

Sudden cardiac arrest strikes 340,000 Americans each year, including children and teens, usually without warning. According to the American Heart Association, early use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – portable devices that analyze the heart's rhythm and deliver an electric shock to re-establish a normal heartbeat – could raise the chance of saving a life by as much as 20 percent or more. Unfortunately, many U.S. schools don’t have defibrillators.

Beginning today, parents, teachers, students and school administrators are encouraged to visit www.duracell.com/schools to register their school for a chance to win a ZOLL AED Plus™ automated external defibrillator and enough batteries to power the system for years to come. A total of 51 life-saving packages will be given away – one to each state and the District of Columbia. Entries will be accepted between now and January 31, 2005.

Roger Clemens, Major League Baseball superstar and starting pitcher for the Houston Astros, will help kick off the campaign and discuss the importance of placing life-saving defibrillators in schools. “As a father and an athlete, I understand the importance of ensuring the health and safety of children on and off the field. I'd be thrilled if my involvement results in just one school bringing a life-saving AED to their sports field or gym.”

In appreciation for Clemens’ participation in the program, a ZOLL AED Plus and Duracell batteries will be donated to the Roger Clemens Foundation. The device will then be donated to a local school attended by his children.

The program complements the latest execution of Duracell’s “Trusted Everywhere” advertising campaign. Developed by The Acme Idea Company, the campaign underscores critical and everyday situations in which Duracell batteries are trusted. The newest commercial, which airs in the United States on October 27, 2004, dramatically illustrates the sudden cardiac arrest of a high-school athlete on the basketball court. Following the quick response of those around him, and thanks to the use of a portable ZOLL AED Plus, the student survives. Though a dramatization, this situation can be all too real. It was this notion that sparked the idea for the educational initiative.

“When we began our research on AEDs for our commercial, we were surprised to learn that cardiac arrest also affects teenagers on athletic fields and in gymnasiums across the country,” said Mark Leckie, president, Duracell. “Knowing the survival rate dramatically increases when a defibrillator is used during a cardiac arrest, we felt it was important to get these devices into more schools.”

“We are proud to work with Duracell to help others learn more about this important issue affecting the safety of our children,” said Richard A. Packer, president and CEO, ZOLL Medical Corporation. “Sudden cardiac arrest happens to people of all ages and fitness levels. It’s important to know that many lives might be saved if more teachers, coaches or administrators were properly trained and could quickly begin CPR and administer treatment with a defibrillator.”

For more information about this issue, or to learn how you can enter for a chance to bring AEDs into schools in your community, log on to www.duracell.com/schools.

About Duracell
Part of the Boston-based Gillette Company, Duracell is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance alkaline batteries. Duracell also sells primary lithium and zinc air batteries, as well as rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries. Duracell also offers a full line of flashlights designed specifically around the consumer for general-purpose use. Headquartered in Boston, MA, The Gillette Company is the world leader in male grooming, a category that includes blades, razors, and shaving preparations. Gillette also holds the number one position worldwide in selected female grooming products, such as wet shaving products and hair epilation devices. In addition, the Company is the world leader in alkaline batteries and manual and power toothbrushes.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation
ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) designs, manufactures, markets, and/or sells non-invasive resuscitation devices and software solutions. They include pacing and defibrillation devices (ZOLL’s M Series™ and AED Plus™, and LIFECOR, Inc.’s LifeVest™ and Life*Padz™ WCD 3000S Wearable Defibrillators); circulatory assist devices (the AutoPulse™ and Advanced Circulatory Systems, Inc.’s ResQPOD® Circulatory Enhancer); and a fluid resuscitation product called the Power Infuser® manufactured by Infusion Dynamics, a division of ZOLL. These devices help healthcare professionals, emergency medical service providers, and first responders diagnose and treat sudden cardiac arrest and trauma victims.

Additionally, through its subsidiary ZOLL Data Systems, ZOLL designs and markets software that automates the collection and management of both clinical and non-clinical data. With direct operations, international offices, and business partners in all of the world’s major markets, ZOLL markets and sells its products in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.zoll.com or call +1-978-421-9655.