An SCA can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Approximately 356,000 people of all ages experience EMS-assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic SCA each year and nine out of 10 victims die . When bystanders intervene by giving CPR and using AEDs, the survival rates double or triple . For one SCA survivor, this collaboration has special importance, as it means providing others with access to AEDs in the same area where his life was saved.
“While on a skip trip to Vail in 2000, I experienced a sudden cardiac arrest at the top of the mountain,” said Lee Curtes, a SCA survivor. “Due to early intervention from an AED and CPR from a ski patroller who jumped into action, I’ve been able to see my grandchildren grow up as well as return to Vail Mountain every year to ski with the patrollers who helped me.”
German based medic assist will provide its leading edge technology for the first time in a major resort area in the U.S. Their SmartLink solution is custom designed for Philips defibrillators and provides automated daily checks of defibrillator status; built-in accelerometer to alert of device movement; GPS technology to track each device; and built-in two-way communications to allow 911 dispatch to assist first responders. Their patented Safebox cabinet provides controlled temperature and humidity for defibrillators so that they are always ready, regardless of extreme cold weather conditions.
“Immediate treatment during the minutes between a person’s heart stopping and the arrival of emergency responders is crucial,” said Arman Voskerchyan, Business Leader, Therapeutic Care, Philips. “Through this collaboration with Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains, Starting Hearts and medic assist, Philips’ HeartStart Onsite AEDs will now be available in two popular ski destinations, allowing easy access to the technology during a critical time period to help save lives.”
“A defibrillator used in the first few minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest can greatly increase the chance of survival,” said Brice May, Vail Mountain Ski Patrol. “Though Ski Patrol is well trained in CPR and has access to defibrillators across the mountain, we believe that having additional defibrillators readily accessible in public spaces can truly make the difference in an emergency situation.”
HeartStart automated defibrillators are located in major public places around the globe, including airports, shopping malls, sports arenas, schools and Fortune 500 companies, making Philips AEDs more accessible so that those in need can receive the help they need when they need it.
The launch event for this new cardiac arrest response system will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10am MT in Vail Village. To learn more about Philips HeartStart products and survivor stories, visit https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/articles/aed-solutions.
 About SCA, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, January 31, 2018