September 20, 2006

INVESTOR CONTACT:

A. Ernest Whiton
Chief Financial Officer
ZOLL Medical Corporation
+1 (978) 421-9655

MEDIA CONTACT:

Diane Egan
ZOLL Medical Corporation
+1 (978) 421-9637
degan@zoll.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ZOLL’S “Rough-and-Tumble” Resuscitation Products On Display At 2006 EMS Expo 

Real CPR Help Technology To be Shown on ZOLL E Series ALS Device

September 20, 2006—CHELMSFORD, MASS.—ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, will display a range of its products—from pre-hospital resuscitation to information management—in Booths #942 and #1210 at the 2006 EMS EXPO Exposition September 27-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. These offerings help EMS professionals comply with 2005 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines, including performing high-quality CPR and capturing data to assist with future CPR training and performance improvement.

First ZOLL ALS Device to Incorporate Real CPR Help Technology

ZOLL will display its E Series™ with Real CPR Help™ technology, which will be the first ZOLL ALS device to include real-time CPR feedback support (pending 510(k) clearance). This technology will allow rescuers to see and hear how well they perform the rate and depth of CPR chest compressions in real-time, helping rescuers improve CPR performance.

The E Series is designed to meet the specific demands and extreme conditions that professional rescuers face every day. Its EasyRead Tri-Mode Display™, for use in pitch dark or direct sunlight, provides superior readability and complete views of critical patient information from virtually any angle. Optional Bluetooth® functionality can provide data transmission capability to a variety of destinations, including transmission of 12-lead ECGs to hospitals, which 2005 AHA Guidelines recommend for out-of-hospital use to help reduce time to perfusion in acute myocardial infarction.*

“Our offerings gain acceptance for reasons that include a continued focus on incorporating CPR support into products designed specifically for EMS,” said Richard A. Packer, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL. “This focus has been validated by recent studies on CPR performance in the pre-hospital setting, and the 2005 AHA Guidelines focus on the need for effective, high-quality CPR. The AED Pro, E Series, AutoPulse, and the RescueNet suite of products allow ZOLL to offer a broad line of resuscitation technology that helps EMS personnel save lives in the field.”

ZOLL will also hold a range of activities including:

  • CPR challenges using the AED Pro® and AED Plus™ defibrillators for EMS attendees in Booth #942. Every hour, ZOLL will award prizes to attendees with the highest percentage of compressions in target (i.e., best rate and depth of chest compressions) that would be effective in helping maintain blood flow to the brain and heart of a cardiac arrest victim.
  • CEU presentations focusing on real-world applications for capnography, presented by Bob Page, CCEMT-P, in Booth #1210. Mr. Page has been involved in EMS since 1978 when he became a CPR instructor. Having taught at all levels of EMS and nursing for more than 27 years, Mr. Page is currently the Director of Emergency Care Education at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Missouri

Additional Resuscitation Products on Display at 2006 EMS EXPO

  • ZOLL’s AED Plus and AED Pro  offer Real CPR Help through the use a special electrode, known as the CPR-D•padz™, which includes a sensor that measures the rate and depth of chest compressions. This Real CPR Help functionality offers rescuers instantaneous feedback on the rate and depth of chest compressions. Both devices support AHA recommendations, including the universal compression-to-ventilation ratio of 30:2 for single rescuers.

  • The ZOLL AutoPulse® Non-invasive Cardiac Support Pumpthe only device of its kind—delivers the consistent, uninterrupted chest compressions that the 2005 AHA Guidelines call for. It is an automated, portable device with an easy-to-use, load-distributing LifeBand® that squeezes the entire chest, improving blood flow to the heart and brain during cardiac arrest.* Additionally, it can help free up rescuers to focus on other life-saving interventions and eliminate rescuer fatigue from the performance of CPR chest compressions.

  • RescueNet™, from ZOLL Data Systems, is a suite of integrated EMS software applications that allows users to electronically capture, collect, and review a range of data not only for improving JCAHO compliance, but also for evaluating resuscitation performance and reviewing outcomes, which can support ongoing quality improvement.

  • The ZOLL M Series® family of defibrillators has been selected as the standard of care in leading EMS and healthcare facilities around the world. ZOLL was the first company to have plug-and-play mainstream and sidestream EtCO2 monitoring options. The M Series combines the clinical superiority of ZOLL’s Rectilinear Biphasic™ waveform with portability, ease-of-use, and a vivid screen display.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation is committed to developing technologies that help advance the practice of resuscitation. With products for pacing, defibrillation, circulation, ventilation, and fluid resuscitation, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies that help clinicians, EMS professionals, and lay rescuers resuscitate sudden cardiac arrest or trauma victims. ZOLL also designs and markets software that automates the documentation and management of both clinical and non-clinical information. 

ZOLL markets and sells its products in more than 140 countries. The Company has direct operations, distributor networks, and business partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. For more information, visit www.zoll.com or call +1 (978) 421-9655.

Certain statements contained in this press release 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, ZOLL’s ability to compete; acceptance of its resuscitation products; changes in regulations affecting the healthcare industry; general economic conditions; and those other factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in ZOLL’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which was filed with the SEC on August 11, 2006.

©2006 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. 269 Mill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824-4105. AED Plus, CPR-D•padz, E Series, EasyRead Tri-Mode Display, Real CPR Help, Rectilinear Biphasic, RescueNet, and ZOLL Data Systems are trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation. AED Pro, AutoPulse, LifeBand, M Series, and ZOLL are registered trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. All product names are the property of their respective owners.


*Clinical data available upon request.