December 22, 2003

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


ZOLL and Costa Rica Chamber of Hotels Sign Agreement to Market Public Access Defibrillators

Monday, December 22, 2003 – CHELMSFORD, Mass.—ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL), a manufacturer of non-invasive cardiac resuscitation devices, today announced it signed a strategic agreement, through its distributor Cia Farmin, S.A., with the Costa Rica Chamber of Hotels to market and sell ZOLL’s products to its membership of 248 hotels. The first member to take advantage of this arrangement is the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which purchased a ZOLL M Series™ with AED capability for the resort’s medical clinic being built at the Papagayo Peninsula in Guanacaste, on the northwest coast of Costa Rica.

Cia Farmin also is marketing and selling ZOLL’s automated external defibrillator (AED) known as the ZOLL AED Plus™ with instantaneous CPR Feedback. This product is also appropriate for hotels because it is easy to use, and it can be carried quickly to collapsed victims that require immediate life-saving efforts in isolated areas.

“High-end beach resorts that will accommodate thousands of tourists are being constructed along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast in the western part of the country. The need for AEDs, like the ZOLL AED Plus, and other medical services will become evident as these resorts are completed,” said Augustin Monge, President of the Costa Rica Chamber of Hotels. “ZOLL’s equipment will allow hotels to respond to life-and-death emergencies that will occur in these remote beachfront areas, many of which are one hour away from the nearest medical facility.”

“While the M Series is designed for trained medical professionals, the AED Plus is intended specifically for first responders, including non-medical personnel,” said Richard A. Packer, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL. “It is the only AED available today that coaches rescuers through all steps of the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival by providing vital visual and audio cues to ensure effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation.”

Mr. Packer also noted, “Although this deal is expected to net a little under $300,000 of revenue over time, we are excited by this agreement because it provides ZOLL with an opportunity to raise awareness in a developing market. It expands our distribution and fulfills ZOLL’s commitment to making AEDs more readily accessible.”

In addition to instantaneous CPR Feedback, the ZOLL AED Plus™ also has a unique one-piece pre-connected electrode, known as the CPR-D•padz™, which applies easily to a patient’s chest. Its patented technology offers an unmatched four-year shelf life, twice that of others on the market. The CPR-D•padz includes a hand-placement locator that accurately measures CPR compressions, allowing for feedback on proper rate and depth.

The AED Plus is the only device to use cost-effective off-the-shelf lithium batteries. It is immediately recognized by its distinct lime-green color, which was chosen for its association with safety, calming effect on the rescuer, and its ability to be easily seen.

About ZOLL
ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL), with worldwide headquarters in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, designs, manufactures, and markets resuscitation solutions. Pacing and defibrillation devices, including ZOLL's M Series™ and AED Plus™, and LIFECOR, Inc.'s LifeVest™ Wearable Defibrillator; and circulatory assist devices such as Advanced Circulatory Systems, Inc.'s ResQPOD™ Circulatory Enhancer and Revivant Corporation's AutoPulse™; are used by health care professionals, emergency medical service providers, and first responders to diagnose and treat cardiac arrest wherever it may occur. ZOLL also designs and markets software that automates the collection and management of both clinical and non-clinical data. ZOLL has operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Australia, and business partners in all of the world's major markets. For more information about ZOLL, its products and partners, visit or call 978-421-9655.

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the anticipated development of the Company's business, the anticipated amount of sales under the Costa Rica Chamber of Hotels Agreement, and other statements contained herein regarding matters that are not historical facts, are "forward-looking" statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on December 19, 2003.

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