Manila, Philippines, August 7, 2019 – According to recent statics, most deaths in the Philippines are linked to cardiovascular disease, with sudden cardiac arrest one of the most prevalent – being the cause of death of 170,000 Filipinos each year1.
This figure is high due to inaccessible services and a lack of adequate training in using available medical equipment – something which Philips, a global leader in health technology, wishes to address with its Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – a portable medical device that delivers an electric shock to restore heart’s normal rhythm. Cardiac arrests can happen anywhere, at any time, and bystander intervention and treatment with an AED has been shown to triple the survival rate to 31.4 percent2.
In 2017, the Philippines passed the “Defibrillators in Public Places Act”3 requiring AEDs to be placed in government buildings and private places.
Ashwin Chari, country manager of Philips Philippines Inc. says “Philips is committed to delivering high quality, innovative AEDs to provide personalized therapy to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. We will continue to innovate and provide our customers with reliable easy-to-use lifesaving technology. In this way, apart from saving lives which is the core of our concern, we can also relieve the increasing pressure on the healthcare system in our country.”
AEDs usually come with step-by-step guidelines, but Philips wishes to equip people with the knowledge and awareness of AED and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) beforehand, so they know how to respond during unpredictable situations when emergency response is needed.
Here are Philips’ quick and easy AED and CPR tips to prepare those are first on site.