January 28, 2010 - Medical Device Network Selects Wearable Defibrillator for Top 5 Innovative Medical Devices


A. Ernest Whiton
Chief Financial Officer
ZOLL Medical Corporation
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Diane Egan
ZOLL Medical Corporation
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January 28, 2010CHELMSFORD, MASS.–. ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions,  announced today that the Medical Device Network has named the LifeVest® Wearable Defibrillator as one of the five most innovative and life-changing medical devices of 2009.

Reporter Frances Penwill-Cook of the U.K.-based Medical Device Network explained, “The LifeVest was selected because we felt it was technologically exceptional, that it would experience widespread use due to excellent functionality and that it would have a significant impact on patient care.”

“To receive this designation from a large and respected internet reference portal indicates that the LifeVest is gaining visibility on the international front as a standard of care,” said Richard A. Packer, Chairman and CEO of ZOLL. “The LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator has protected more than 21,000 patients at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest.”

The LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator is worn by patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), providing protection during their changing condition and while permanent SCA risk has not been established.  The LifeVest allows a patient’s physician time to assess his or her long-term arrhythmic risk and make appropriate plans. 

The LifeVest is lightweight and easy to wear, allowing patients to return to their activities of daily living, while having the peace of mind that they are protected from SCA.  The LifeVest continuously monitors the patient’s heart and, if a life-threatening heart rhythm is detected, the device delivers a treatment shock to restore normal heart rhythm.

The LifeVest is used for a wide range of patient conditions or situations, including following a heart attack, before or after bypass surgery or stent placement, as well as for those with cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure that places them at particular risk.

About Medical Device Network

Medical Device Network is an online U.K.-based procurement and reference resource for professionals and decision makers within the international medical device and diagnostics industry. To read more about Medical Device Network’s special feature on 2009's Top Five Innovative Devices, please visit http://www.medicaldevice-network.com/features/feature73080/.

To learn more about the LifeVest, visit www.zoll.com/lifevest  or call 1-800-543-3267.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies which help clinicians, EMS and fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and critical care.

A NASDAQ Global Select company and a Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Company for the past three years, ZOLL develops and manufactures its products in the United States, in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. More than 400 direct sales and service representatives, 1,100 business partners, and 200 independent representatives serve our customers in over 140 countries around the globe.

For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

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