Februrary 4, 2003

FOR: ZOLL Medical Corporation

Chief Financial Officer
ZOLL Medical Corporation
(978) 421-9655
PRESS CONTACT: Robert Minicucci
Corporate Communications Manager
ZOLL Medical Corporation
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ZOLL Medical and AED@Home Announce Strategic Distribution Agreement

Tuesday, February 04, 2003 – BURLINGTON, MA and CHICAGO, IL, – ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq: ZOLL) and AED@Home, LLC report they have reached a multi-year, strategic distribution agreement for sales of ZOLL’s AED Plus to the home market in the United States. This automated external defibrillator (AED) is ZOLL’s first device to target the large and growing first responder, public access and “at home” defibrillator markets. As part of the strategic agreement, ZOLL has made a direct minority equity investment in AED@Home, LLC, a company dedicated to providing a total solution for American consumers to have and maintain an AED in their home.

The ZOLL AED Plus is the first to feature a combination of simple, step-by-step illustrations and audio coaching for both defibrillation and CPR that makes it possible to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at home while awaiting emergency medical assistance. Available for purchase by consumers with a doctor’s prescription and completion of required training (both of which are included in the AED@Home solution), the AED Plus also helps the user remember the appropriate steps, and administer necessary life-saving treatment as defined by the American Heart Association guidelines.

According to Richard A. Packer, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL, "This is an important strategic partnership for our Company, because it means our AED Plus will now be directly marketed to the home consumer. We believe our AED is the easiest to use and most affordable choice for this market. From a business standpoint, we believe the home consumer market will evolve significantly over time and offer ZOLL great potential for growth.”

Jack M. Weinzierl, President of AED@Home said, "This agreement will allow us to bring this life-saving technology into the homes of thousands of Americans. Because 70% of all sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home, early “at home” defibrillation offers great potential for saving lives. Through ZOLL’s technology, vision and direct investment, we now have the ability to reach and save more peoples’ lives. We reviewed many potential partners, but ZOLL’s AED Plus stood out for its ease-of-use and value, which are critical considerations in the consumer marketplace.”

Weinzierl noted that his company and ZOLL are driven by the fact that early defibrillation with an AED is critical in saving lives. Statistics show that the average time for emergency help to arrive on the scene of a cardiac arrest is over six minutes. After three to four minutes a loved one’s chances for survival decreases 7 to 10% with each minute defibrillation is delayed. “It is clear that an AED, utilized by trained family members, can be an essential life-saving device in many households,” stated Weinzierl.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation, headquartered in Burlington, MA, designs, manufactures and markets an integrated line of proprietary, non-invasive resuscitation devices and disposable electrodes. Used by health care professionals to provide both types of cardiac resuscitation--pacing and defibrillation--these products are essential in the emergency treatment of cardiac arrest victims, both inside and outside the hospital. ZOLL also designs and markets software that automates collection and management of both clinical and non-clinical data for emergency medical service providers. ZOLL has operations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Australia, and business partners in all of the world's major markets. For more information about ZOLL and its products, visit www.zoll.com.

About AED@Home, LLC

AED@Home, LLC, headquartered in Elgin, IL, is a distributor of AED solutions focused exclusively on the home consumer market. AED@Home is driven by the fact that every minute counts and is committed to providing the simplest, most intuitive and reliable in-home defibrillator available. For more information about AED@Home and for a virtual demonstration of ZOLL’s AED Plus, visit www.aedhome.com.

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the anticipated development of ZOLL’s business, the intent, belief or current expectations of ZOLL, its directors or its officers, primarily with respect to ZOLL’s business model and future operating performance of ZOLL, including expectations regarding results in future periods, operating performance and contributions to results from ZOLL’s new Public Access Defibrillation product, 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 ZOLL’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 30, 2002, including the future performance of the direct sales operations, as well as uncertainties regarding the market, acceptance and profitability of the ZOLL AED Plus and M Series CCT, the length and severity of the current economic slowdown and its impact on capital spending budgets, the reduction in overall capital equipment expenditures in the hospital and pre-hospital markets, the impact of governmental budget restraints on the purchase of capital equipment, the impact of the continued war on terrorism, the potential disruption in the transportation industry on ZOLL’s supply chain and product distribution channels, and the desire or ability of other parties to purchase ZOLL’s products.