Philips wins contract to supply defibrillators to KLM and Air France
30 November 2012
Royal Philips Electronics has announced an agreement to equip
all KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France passenger flights with
Philips’ HeartStart automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Philips will serve as the preferred supplier of AEDs to KLM Royal
Dutch Airlines and Air France, replacing the defibrillators
currently on board. KLM will also install the Philips HeartStart FRx
AED on its Transavia passenger flights. All flight crews will be
fully trained on the new device.
Having AEDs on board flights enables treatment of passengers
suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. This leaves the heart unable
to beat regularly, and it is only by resetting the heart’s rhythm
with an electric current, delivered by a defibrillator, that a
normal heart rhythm can be regained.
It is estimated that every year, sudden cardiac arrest claims the
lives of approximately seven million people globally. Sudden cardiac
arrest can happen to anyone, regardless of age or physical fitness,
and there are often no symptoms leading up to a collapse. The best
chance of survival from the most common causes of sudden cardiac
arrest is defibrillation from an AED within the first few minutes of
collapse. For every minute that passes without CPR and
defibrillation, survival decreases by seven to 10 percent, making
quick access to AEDs crucial in these emergency situations.
The HeartStart FRx AED has been tested and certified for airline
use and does not interfere with airplane electronics. Its unique
infant/child mechanism turns the HeartStart FRx into a paediatric
defibrillator, offering the potentially life-saving simplicity and
versatility of being able to use the same set of pads on adults,
children and infants.
“This product is the result of 50 years of innovation in cardiac
resuscitation and sudden cardiac arrest technology at Philips,” said
Mike Mancuso, CEO Patient Care and Clinical Informatics at Philips
Healthcare. “As the global leader in this market, we are committed
to doing everything we can to help travellers survive a sudden
cardiac arrest while in the air or at the airport.”