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Etihad Airways purchases defibrillators

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier signs a contract to install Philips HeartStart defibrillators in its aircraft.

Etihad Airways has signed a three-year contract with Philips Electronics Middle East & Africa to use its HeartStart defibrillators.

The defibrillators are designed for reliability, ruggedness and ease of use. The HeartStart automated external defibrillator (AED), is targeted at those who first get to a victim of a sudden cardiac arrest, and can be successfully used by responders who have minimal AED training.

“The HeartStart defibrillators are a perfect example of our commitment to deliver solutions that make sense and are simple to use. It was developed for the operation by any person and comes with clear, easy-to-follow instructions and a simple user interface to guide the responder through an emergency,” commented Louis Hakim, CEO for Philips Middle East. “Through this deal we have delivered an important mission to Etihad Airways, taking defibrillator technology to another accessible level, and help save lives.’’

There are currently more than 200,000 defibrillators worldwide, with more organisations and communities establishing defibrillation programmes in shopping malls, airports and health clubs.

“We are happy to have the Philips HeartStart defibrillators on Etihad Airways aircrafts,” said Dr. Surendra Sodho, chief medical officer of Etihad Airways. “Innovative AED technology has become an essential part of administering first aid immediately to victims of sudden cardiac arrest on aircrafts worldwide.”

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