February 17, 2009 - California Hospital Implements AutoPulse


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Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro Values AutoPulse for High-Quality CPR

February 17, 2009CHELMSFORD, Mass.—ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, announced today that Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro in southern California has installed the Company’s AutoPulse® Non-Invasive Cardiac Support Pump for its resuscitative capabilities in the hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit. The Los Angeles County community hospital is listed among the nation’s 100 top performance leader hospitals by Solucient®, a leading source of healthcare information products. 

“With the new BLS guidelines for high-quality chest compressions, the AutoPulse is extremely useful in Code Blue situations,” said Greg Lund, Outpatient Supervisor and Chairman of the hospital’s Code Blue Committee (Nursing). “The bottom line is that effective CPR can be done for prolonged periods of time without taxing staff, or worse, causing injury.”

He added that the AutoPulse is easy to apply and fit to the patient. “We’ve used it for substantial amounts of time to deliver steady, proper chest compressions without rescuer fatigue, something that cannot be achieved with manual CPR.” Mr. Lund has concluded that the AutoPulse is an invaluable device that allows codes to be run smoothly, even in situations in which the number of personnel may be limited. The hospital has used the AutoPulse since purchasing two units this summer.

AutoPulse helps provide the consistent chest compressions called for by the 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines. It is an automated, portable device with an easy-to-use, load-distributing LifeBand® that squeezes the entire chest in an uninterrupted “hands-free” manner, improving blood flow to the heart and brain during cardiac arrest.

“We’re pleased that Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro has been able to demonstrate the importance consistent, high-quality chest compressions during code situations,” said Richard A. Packer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL. “More and more hospitals today, both large and small, are recognizing that, in addition to improved patient care, the AutoPulse frees up clinical staff to attend to other critical needs, and can virtually serve as another member of the resuscitation team.”

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SCA is an abrupt disruption of the heart’s function, causing a loss of blood flow to vital organs. It claims more than 1 million lives each year worldwide, making it the leading cause of death. SCA often strikes without warning, and currently only about 5 percent of victims survive. Recent improvements in the Chain-of-Survival, including improved CPR and post-resuscitation hypothermia, hold the promise of improved outcomes.

About Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center:

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center enjoys a reputation as a premier provider of comprehensive medical care serving San Pedro and the Harbor Area of southern California. The 259-bed nonprofit hospital is a member of Providence Health and Services. It has served the Harbor and greater South Bay communities since 1925. The medical center features 259 acute care beds, 128 skilled nursing and 200 long-term sub-acute beds.

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, including Real CPR Help® and See-Thru CPR®, 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 and Africa, Asia, and Australia. During 2008 ZOLL marked the 25th anniversary of the company’s resuscitation product development. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the future business of the Company, 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 Quarterly Report on  Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on February 6, 2009. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release, and the Company disavows any obligation to update or supplement those statements in the event of any changes in the facts, circumstances, or expectations that underlie those statements.

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