Advanced Paramedic Equips Bariatric Transport Aircraft with ZOLL Propaq MD

First in Canada to Install Ultra-Rugged Defibrillator/Monitor Designed for Air Medical Operations

Chelmsford, MassachusettsZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that Advanced Paramedic Ltd. (APL) of Peace River, Alberta, is the first emergency service to purchase the ZOLL Propaq® MD Monitor/Defibrillator in Canada since it was approved by Health Canada in December 2010.  APL plans to use the Propaq MD aboard its critical care bariatric transport aircraft, the only one of its kind in Western Canada, which services Alberta, British Columbia, and other western provinces. Discussions are underway to add additional units to its fleet of air ambulances, which handles approximately 900 calls per year and is the busiest dedicated medevac fixed-wing service in Alberta.    

The Propaq MD is an ultra-lightweight compact device with highly sophisticated, advanced capabilities that combine the well-accepted and proven features of Propaq monitors with the clinically superior therapeutic capabilities of ZOLL defibrillation and non-invasive pacing technologies.  The Propaq MD is 60 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than similar monitor/defibrillators.  It is two pounds lighter than the current air medical vital signs monitor, even with defibrillation and pacing added. The Propaq MD is the result of a joint undertaking between the Department of Defense and a cooperative arrangement between Welch Allyn and ZOLL. It was developed specifically to meet the special needs of air medical operations and military customers worldwide.

“We work hard at offering the best emergency service we can and strive to be at the forefront of critical care. Our goal is to complement our practitioners’ skills with the right equipment, which allows them to effectively manage the difficult and critical patient care cases they encounter on a daily basis,” said Stephen Woodburn, CEO of Advanced Paramedic. “The Propaq MD, with its small footprint that mounts easily inside an aircraft and advanced capabilities, clearly demonstrates that it meets the specific needs of air medical operations. Its technological advances can have a positive impact in helping our caregivers save lives.”

“Advanced Paramedic is to be commended for its take-action attitude on being an early adopter of new life-saving technology,” said Jonathan A. Rennert, President of ZOLL. “We are pleased that ZOLL’s Propaq MD can assist their highly skilled teams in their mission to advance critical care and improve patient outcomes.”

The Propaq MD provides an unmatched combination of capabilities that include a large, high-contrast color LCD display capable of showing up to four waveforms simultaneously, as well as a full 12-lead ECG for on-screen review.  It also offers a unique night vision goggle (NVG) mode. All physiological monitoring parameter values, including heart rate, SpO2, ETCO2, respiration, non-invasive blood pressure, two temperatures, and three invasive pressures, are shown in large color-coded numeric formats. The device is capable of monitoring all patients, whether adult, pediatric or neonatal. The Propaq MD is the only Health Canada-approved airworthy defibrillator to provide monitoring of three invasive pressures necessary for treating critical patients during long transports.  The system also incorporates a new battery that will monitor all physiological parameters for over six hours on a single battery charge.  

In addition to real-time monitoring, the Propaq MD has a full data collection and trending capability. Keys are provided to annotate all ACLS interventions such as intubation, drug administration, and associated ECG and other physiological waveform segments.  Full trending data is available on the unit’s display from its integral memory, supporting data collection over 24-hour periods. All data can be downloaded to a standard USB flash drive and transferred to electronic medical records using an open architecture XML format.  An integrated printer can provide immediate documentation of events and diagnostic ECG traces.

Designed to withstand the tough demands encompassing air transport, the Propaq MD meets an unprecedented number of international standards related to durability, environmental operation and storage extremes, radio frequency emissions, and susceptibility to spurious electrical and radio frequency noise. The Propaq MD is also rated at the most stringent IP55 rating for dust and water ingress protection.

About Advanced Paramedic Ltd.

Advanced Paramedic, Ltd. provides air, ground, and industrial EMS services to the northern regions of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.  Working under contract with Alberta Health Services, APL provides emergency service with two dedicated King Air 200s and is the busiest fixed wing medical provider in Alberta.  Charter medevac service is offered to APL clients with a combination of aircraft, including Navajos, King Air and Jets from the company bases in Peace River and Edmonton.    APL’s new bariatric-specialized team and aircraft, for which the Propaq MD was purchased, has been in operation for one year. For more information, visit

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 that 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 in 2007, 2008, and 2009, 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

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