january 23, 2019 - Philips

Philips and the American Heart Association join forces to increase global survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest

The #philips and American Heart Association Connected Pulse Program first-of-a kind initiative, combines education, training and technology for an integrated customized solution in major metropolitan areas around the world Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Dallas, Texas – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, today announced a collaboration to increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in densely populated cities around the world. The Connected Pulse program leverages a unique end-to-end solution combining education programs to increase awareness of CPR, the use of publicly-available AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator), and new technologies to strengthen the ‘chain of survival’ from the moment an incident occurs to the patient reaching the hospital.  Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of global mortality, accounting for almost 17 million deaths annually – 31 percent of all deaths [1]. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of SCAs happen outside the hospital [2]. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, a SCA victim’s chance of survival decreases by seven to 10 percent [3]. These cardiac arrests can happen anywhere, at any time. With bystander intervention and treatment with an AED, the survival triples to 31.4 percent [4]. 

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