Headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Cardiac Science’s mission is to save lives by giving the public and healthcare professionals life-saving devices. Committed particularly to ending delays between sudden cardiac arrest and defibrillation, Cardiac Science has committed its researchers to creating automated external defibrillators that are easy to use and accessible for all populations. With manufacturing plants in Wisconsin, California, Denmark, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, Cardiac Science has installed more than a half million units in more than 100 countries around the world.
At the heart of Cardiac Science’s product line is the patented Powerheart AED. Available in automatic and semi-automatic models, the Powerheart AED comes in G3 and G5 models. Designed for use by the lay person, each AED features clear voice prompts and text screen guides that help the user through the rescue process. The Rescue Coach technology also includes a CPR metronome to ensure chest compressions are being administered appropriately during a rescue. Should a victim require a second shock, the Powerheart AED’s biphasic voltage will calculate electrical impedance for a higher voltage during the second use.
Powerheart AEDs feature RescueReady technology that goes through a full systems analysis on a daily basis. Once the battery, hardware, and software have been checked, the AED will complete a partial charge of the high-voltage battery weekly and a full charge every month to ensure the device is ready to use when it is needed. The Powerheart is backed by one of the longest warranties in the industry, seven years, with a four-year full battery operational guarantee.
Cardiac Science’s Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program seeks to place AEDs everywhere the public would need them. Malls, restaurants, schools, offices, airports, and public libraries take part in PAD programs that include physician oversight, incident management, protection against loss or liability, and program maintenance. Not only do defibrillators become more accessible where people would need them, but they are also made safer and more affordable.