Charles Marine hosts AED seminar at Newport Show

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – Charles Marine, the exclusive marine distributor for the Samaritan automated external defibrillator, and HeartSine Technologies, manufacturer of the AED, will host a seminar on the use of the devices during the Newport International Boat Show, Charles Marine said in a recent release.

HeartSine’s clinical specialist manager Keith Banks, RN will be the speaker for the seminar series, entitled “Lifesaving Defibrillators- Beating the Odds of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.” The seminar series is scheduled to be held Sept. 16 – 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Ballroom A.

Banks will focus on the importance of AEDs in the marine environment as well as AED CPR.

“After searching out experts on lifesaving equipment for boaters, we approached Charles Marine with the opportunity to present a seminar on the topic of portable defibrillators,” states Nancy Piffard, show director.

The American Heart Association estimates that between 225,000 and 300,000 people die each year in the U.S. from coronary heart disease, most before ever reaching a hospital. In general, for every minute that passes between the onset of cardiac arrest and defibrillation the rate of survival decreases by 7 to 10 percent.

Portable defibrillators can be a key factor for increased survival rate of a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

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