A. Ernest Whiton
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QUEBEC MINISTRY OF HEALTH AWARDS ZOLL CONTRACT TO EQUIP ALL AMBULANCES WITH E SERIES DEFIBRILLATORS
Agreement Marks First Province-Wide Contract
March 9, 2009—CHELMSFORD, Mass.—ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, announced today that the Ministry of Health for the Province of Quebec has awarded ZOLL a contract valued in excess of $12 million to equip all ambulances in Canada’s largest geographical province with the ZOLL E Series® defibrillator. This represents the first time that the Province of Quebec will standardize its entire system to one model of defibrillator.
About 700 E Series defibrillators, along with CPR stat•padz®, will be purchased under the terms of the contract, which marks the largest agreement to date ever received by ZOLL in Canada. The transition to ZOLL will be made region by region, 16 regions in total, with the first order already having been placed by Urgences-Santé, the EMS provider for the city of Montreal.
By standardizing on the ZOLL E Series, the province’s medical directors will now be able to use and compare similar patient data. During the clinical evaluation, the E Series scored the highest in the areas of data review and transmission. Real CPR Help® feedback technology and See-Thru CPR® were also cited as positive features for the delivery of high-quality CPR and reducing interruptions respectively.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services, in its desire to increase the quality of services offered in pre-hospital care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest, wanted to standardize its resuscitation technologies by offering advanced, high-performance equipment. The level of care that will be offered will be compatible with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Guidelines that place significant emphasis on CPR.
“ZOLL’s core focus is improving survival rates from SCA, and we’re extremely pleased that the government of Quebec recognizes how our advanced technology features in the E Series can help make that contribution possible,” said Richard A. Packer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL.
The ZOLL E Series is designed to meet the specific demands and extreme conditions that professional rescuers face every day. The E Series offers multiple data transmission options to a variety of destinations, including transmission of 12-lead ECGs to hospitals, which international guidelines now recommend for out-of-hospital use to help reduce time to perfusion in S-T segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients.
Real CPR Help in all of ZOLL’s devices instantly provides first responders and advanced paramedics with technology to see how well they are performing the rate and depth of CPR chest compressions. See-Thru CPR® helps them minimize interruptions in CPR that effect resuscitation success.
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 Ministry of Health of Quebec
The mission of the Ministry of Health of Quebec is to maintain, improve, and restore the health and well-being of Quebecers by providing access to a set of integrated and high-quality health services and social services, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of Quebec. It sets and applies the priorities, objectives, and policy directions in the health and social services field, with a view to improving the health and well-being of the populace. In pursuing its mission, the Ministry shares responsibilities with 16 regional authorities that are responsible for the organization of services within their region.
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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