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Smart About Hearts

Having a Defibrillator on Your Boat Could Save a Life

When you're on your Sea Ray, rollicking in the waves, medical issues are probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, at any moment, disaster could attack the heart of someone on your boat. Regardless of the age or current health of you and your passengers, the Samaritan AED, an automated external defibrillator, is a device every vessel should have aboard.

Charles Marine & Industrial Group teamed with HeartSine Technologies, the manufacturers of the Samaritan AED, to deliver a lifesaving device that's portable for use on a boat, in a vehicle or at home. "It just makes sense that boaters prepare themselves with the ability to respond to a medical emergency that could occur at any time on the water," said Lyle St. Romain, general manager of Charles Marine & Industrial Group. 

The American Heart Association estimates that nearly 300,000 people die each year in the U.S. from sudden cardiac arrest, most before reaching a hospital. For every minute that passes between the onset of cardiac arrest and defibrillation, the survival rate decreases 7 to 10 percent. Boating adventures far from land can be exciting, but if someone starts experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, help can be quite a ways away. Weighing a mere 4.2 pounds, the Samaritan's portability allows you the peace of mind to maintain your freedom without sacrificing safety.

The Samaritan AED is easy to operate with voice and text prompts to guide the handler. It also comes with a battery and data storage pack that records the information of the medical emergency, which can be downloaded to any standard PC for physician evaluation. The battery lasts through 12 hours of monitoring or 120 shocks at full energy. After use, the device can immediately return to service.

The Samaritan AED marine package is available for $2,199.99. West Marine is the official retailer of the unit for 2004. Be smart about hearts and visit www.westmarine.com, www.charlesindustries.com or call (800) 203-4845 for more information.


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