The Province of Quebec’s Ministry of Health has awarded ZOLL Medical Corporation a $12 million contract to equip all the province’s ambulances with ZOLL defibrillators.
About 700 E Series defibrillators will be purchased under the agreement, marking the largest contract ever received by ZOLL in Canada. The province plans to transition to the new defibrillators one region at a time across its 16 regions.
Standardizing defibrillators will enable easier sharing of patient data among medical personnel, according to the company, which reports its defibrillator scored highest among those Quebec evaluated in data review and transmission. The province’s goal is to meet care standards set by the American Heart Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, which both emphasize the importance of CPR.
The E Series is designed to meet the extreme conditions that rescuers face, said Richard Packer, ZOLL’s chairman and chief executive officer. The defibrillator provides multiple data transmission options, including 12-lead ECGs to hospitals. This complies with guidelines for out-of-hospital use, Packer said.
Real CPR Help, a feature in all of ZOLL’s devices, provides paramedics and first responders with technology that shows instantly how well they are performing the rate and depth of CPR chest compressions. Another feature, See-Thru CPR, helps rescuers minimize interruptions that affect resuscitation success.
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