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December 27,  2001

Cardiac Science Deploying Automated External Defibrillators In Airports Nationwide

75 Percent Survival Rate Reported in Airport Study, Including AED Use By Untrained Travelers

 (SafetyAlerts) - Cardiac Science Inc (NASDAQ: DFIB) today announced that it has been selected to outfit a number of airports across the nation with its Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Cardiac Science AEDs have recently been deployed at the Indianapolis International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Colorado Springs Airport, Nashville International Airport, St. Louis International Airport/Lambert Field, Tampa International Airport and Tucson International Airport. In aggregate, these airport authorities initially purchased more than 150 units from Cardiac Science with the contracts calling for the installation of AEDs throughout public and boarding areas within airport terminals. AEDs are portable devices that deliver a life-saving electric shock to the heart to halt sudden cardiac arrest -- rapid and chaotic heart activity -- and restore a normal heart rhythm.

In a study published in the December 2001 Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern cited the results of public access defibrillation programs at Chicago's O'Hare International and Midway airports (The Chicago Heart Save Program). Fifty-one AEDs were deployed throughout strategic terminal areas at both facilities. In the first 10 months of the program, a total of 14 cardiac arrests were reported and the victims treated with AEDs. Twelve of these patients experienced ventricular fibrillation, the most common manifestation of sudden cardiac arrest, and nine were resuscitated with intact neurological function -- a 75% survival rate. This figure is a dramatic improvement over the low survival rates reported in public places not equipped with AEDs, and it is important to note that airport travelers without any prior AED training successfully defibrillated 9 of the 14 victims. This and other studies cited in the clinical article confirmed that AEDs were not only effective in delivering a shock when necessary, but also in identifying heart rhythms that were not life-threatening and advising the operator of the AED not to deliver a shock.

Cardiac Science President and CEO Raymond W. Cohen said, "We are seeing firsthand that local government agencies, including airport authorities are beginning to respond to the overwhelming evidence that AEDs are extremely effective, safe to be used by virtually anyone, and can be the single most important public health and safety decision they can make to protect citizens.

"Current and pending legislative activity making the installation of AEDs in airports, schools, and government facilities mandatory reinforces long-held clinical assertions about the benefits of AED availability. It also validates our strategy of focusing our human and capital resources on meeting the surging demand for these devices and maintaining our technology advantage that makes our AED product the easiest-to-use on the market."

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest and AEDs

Cardiac arrest takes a tremendous toll on the American public, killing more than 450,000 people annually. Defibrillation is the only effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest. Currently, a person who suffers sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital has only around a 5 percent chance of surviving.

Ninety percent of cardiac arrest victims who are treated with a defibrillator within one minute of arrest can be saved, but every minute after the initial event that a person goes without treatment decreases a person's chance of survival by 10 percent. However, few communities have programs to make emergency defibrillation widely accessible to cardiac arrest victims.

AEDs have a 97 percent success rate in terminating ventricular fibrillation, yet fewer than half of the nation's ambulance services, less than 15 percent of emergency service fire units, and less than 2 percent of police vehicles are currently equipped with AEDs.

According to a New England Journal of Medicine study conducted in casinos in Las Vegas, 74% of gamblers who suffered sudden cardiac arrest survived after getting defibrillated within 3 minutes. When American Airlines installed automated defibrillators aboard its aircraft, cardiac arrest survival rates rose to 40%. Other successful programs include the "First Responder Defibrillator Program," in Boston. Under this program, Boston Emergency Medical Services provides free CPR and AED training to any company that purchases a defibrillator. Since the program was launched, 5,000 people have been trained, AEDs have been placed in over 90 locations throughout the city, and the cardiac arrest survival rate has doubled. In another successful program, the Rochester, MN police became the first police department in the country equipped with AEDs. Since then, cardiac arrest survival rates in Rochester have nearly doubled.

According to market analysis published by Frost & Sullivan in 2000, it is estimated that the worldwide market for AEDs will expand to over 250,000 units a year by 2006, accounting for over $650 million in annual revenue. Cardiac Science currently holds between 17 and 20 percent share of the AED market.

Source: PRNewswire.

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