Brewster Ambulance is now using Philips HeartStart FR3 Defibrillators throughout its ambulance fleet. Brewster also has the FR3s on marine units in Quincy and on its ATVs.
The HeartStart FR3 Defibrillator is considered by Philips to be their best professional-grade AED (Automated External Defibrillator). The primary feature of the Philips FR3 is that it reduces deployment time which enables users to start patient therapy faster and more easily.
The FR3 helps professional responders provide treatment faster by reducing the CPR and defibrillation steps to lifesaving therapy. The compact and simplified design is light, rugged and holds up to professional use. It powers on automatically when the carrying case is opened, allowing more rapid pad placement.
The pads use the advanced Philips SMART Pads III, with no foil pouch to open when pads are pre-connected, and the Philips Quick Shock to minimize CPR interruption. The Philips HeartSmart FR3 Defibrillator also:
- Helps ensure proper placement of defibrillator pads on the patient's skin, evaluates the patient’s ECG rhythm and automatically determines if a shock is needed. It also determines if the patient has a pacemaker and detects ECG artifacts (electrical interferences from elsewhere in the body, machine malfunction, or poor contact).
- Has SMART CPR capability, which automatically determines the initial therapy for the patient—to shock first or perform CPR first, followed by a shock.
- Is able to select the appropriate therapy for infants and children (eight years of age or weighing under 55 pounds).
The Philips FR3 is rated IP 55, meaning operationally it is protected against jetting water and dust. The IP rating classifies and rates the degrees of protection against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact, water in mechanical casings and with electrical enclosures. The defibrillator is regularly tested to meet stringent military standards and is U.S. Army AWR-certified.
WHY Are Advanced AEDs So Important?
According to a report from the American Heart Association, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2015 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association, about 326,200 people, including more than 6,000 children, experience sudden unexpected cardiac arrest outside hospitals each year in the U.S. For many victims, there were no prior symptoms of a cardiac condition.
Only one-in-ten victims survive, but when bystanders witness the emergency—and the victim can be treated effectively with a defibrillator—one-in-three victims survive, and most survivors experience good neurological outcomes.
The Philips HeartSmart FR3 Defibrillator upgrade is the latest initiative by Brewster Ambulance to improve our municipal partners ability to help the community lay person—as well as all first responders—save more cardiac arrest victims.
Why Brewster Cares about Using the Best AEDs
Automated External Defibrillators are showing up more and more in public spaces, empowering everyday citizens to become administers of help to those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The statistics show that AEDs are making a difference, however many public areas are still without these powerful devices. In addition, they also lack the community awareness and understanding of situations where they can use these devices successfully without liability, and increase survivability by getting the cardiac patient transported to a hospital faster for appropriate care.
When Brewster Ambulance becomes a municipality's 911 emergency ambulance provider, we:
- Equip fire and police with multilingual AEDs
- Evaluate existing AED placement in the community
- Strategically place new AEDs to close gaps in coverage
- Provide community-wide training programs on compression-only CPR and AED use
- Deployed Helpfie in Quincy, a spot-an-AED program to empower everyday citizens to use AEDs
These AED programs—in cooperation with towns and cities—increase the likelihood of cardiac patients walking out of the hospital. It puts the power in the hands of the bystander as well as the first responder to take immediate action.
Community Awareness and Training
In addition to placing public access AED devices throughout cities and towns we serve, Brewster leads awareness and community training campaigns modeled after the Take Heart Boston initiative and customizes each program to the community.
Working closely with our municipal partners, we offer each community training programs with hands-on experience to improve the understanding of life-saving techniques and equipment. This includes schools, public offices, retail shopping areas, community, athletic and senior centers, businesses and churches.
We also assist in establishing and maintaining Heart Safe Community® status, a designation from the American Heart Association®. With strategic AEDs, community training and outreach and Smart911™, our municipal partners become healthier, safer communities for all residents and visitors.
Although training municipal officials and first responders to provide the latest skilled response to the public is paramount, it is a company-wide commitment at Brewster Ambulance to provide safety training and awareness to the public in the communities we serve, from our young children to our precious seniors.