Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and VDL Bus & Coach have signed a collaboration agreement to equip VDL buses and coaches with AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) as optional factory equipment. With this intends to make bus and coach transport even safer for its customers’ passengers. It concerns the buses and coaches for city and regional transport and international travel that help millions of people worldwide to reach their destinations daily.
On-board resuscitation system and emergency service intended to increase cardiac arrest survival rate of bus and coach passengers
When a bus or coach operator chooses this option, their bus or coach is delivered with a special ‘connected’ AED kit on board. This gives users live support and coaching from first responders at a central location during resuscitation and also makes remote maintenance and service possible. In addition, it is possible to see in real-time whether an AED has been activated and determine its exact location via GPS.
An estimated seven million people die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest in the United States and Europe each year1. Victims resuscitated within six minutes after cardiac arrest have a much higher survival rate (50 to 70% versus 5 to 10%). It is therefore important to have help close at hand, even when people are on the move. By installing an AED help can be provided immediately in emergency situations while underway. This will considerably improve the chance of survival of bus and coach passengers who suffer a cardiac arrest.
From now on, passenger transport companies that order a bus or coach from VDL Bus & Coach can tick the AED plus emergency service box on the option list. The AED will then be delivered as factory installed equipment. Bus and coach operators are relieved of responsibility for maintenance and testing by Philips’ new full-service model, in which the AED and everything associated with it can be purchased from Philips as a service for a fixed amount per month.
“We see increasing demand from different types of organizations for support in setting up AED programs, so that people have a better chance to survive a sudden cardiac arrest when they are at work or on the go,” says Leon Lumens, Senior Manager AED Market Development at Philips. “The agreement with VDL Bus & Coach to have a defibrillator as an option on their buses shows that the availability of AED’s is becoming common in our society. And that’s a good thing, because it will save more lives.”
1 Mehra R. ‘Global public health problem of sudden cardiac death.’ Journal of Electrocardiology 2007; 40 (6 Suppl):S118-22
“VDL strives to guarantee the highest level of comfort and safety for the millions of passengers our customers bring to their destinations worldwide. The cooperation with Philips provides us the opportunity to take an extra step in that direction,” says Pieter Gerdingh, Product Manager VDL Bus & Coach. “Of course anyone can suffer a heart attack, but people at higher age are at greater risk. In a society with a growing group of elderly who actively get out and about on buses and coaches, we see the on-board AED on our buses and coaches as a great added value for safe