Heartsine AED Saves Life at Frenchman's Beach - New South Wales, Australia

Monday, February 13, 2017
Image of a the beach where an AED Defibrillator was used to save a surfer's life.

Bystanders and Lifeguards with a Heartsine Defibrillator have saved a surfer's life at Frenchman's Beach in the Caves Beach area south of Newcastle.

The 65-year-old was leaving the water at 11am on Friday when he collapsed - CPR was administered by an off-duty paramedic on the beach, before lifeguards arrived from nearby Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club with a HeartSine Samaritan AED.

"We put the pads on and we gave one shock, and a few minutes after that he came to," said Caves Beach Lifeguard James McMorland "I haven't really thought about it much but it may kick in later: sort of that we brang someone back to life."

The man was airlifted from the beach by the Westpac Rescue Chopper and taken to the John Hunter Hospital, additionally suffering a laceration from hitting his head on his surfboard when he collapsed.

NBN News interviewed lifeguards and an off-duty lifeguard involved.

"The defibrillator - nicknamed the Samaritan - it did the trick," said reporter Samuel Djodan.

Family Donate Defibrillators for Use in Road Policing Vehicles in Memory of Son, Keiran McKandie, 16

Friday, February 03, 2017
Image of a Police Officer receiving an AED Defibrillator donated by two parents.

Before we start this news story, we would just like to spare a thought for Keiran’s parents, Gordon and Sandra, for their tremendous bravery and courageous work they are doing amid this great personal loss and time of sorrow.

So, how exactly did we become involved in this great effort to help save future lives? - We were approached by Sandra to be involved with Kieran’s legacy. Sandra had evaluated the HeartSine Samaritan 500P Defibrillator in her role within the NHS and rightly noticed that it is an exceptional device and is more than just an AED.

After explaining the work she was proposing to carry out, Aero Healthcare are very pleased to support both Gordon and Sandra in any way possible to make their mission a success. We have supplied the ten defibrillators along with demonstrations to the police force highlighting the features and benefits of the HeartSine AED device(s).

Aero Healthcare were privileged to be at the event marking the “go live”.

We would like to thank Gordon and Sandra for this opportunity and we feel very privileged to be able to give them our ongoing support throughout this whole project.

Now for the main news story:

A pilot scheme which will see defibrillators donated for use in road policing vehicles by a family whose son died following a collision between his bike and a car has been launched in the North East.

Ten defibrillators have been donated by Sandra and Gordon McKandie following the death of their son Keiran McKandie, 16, when his bicycle and a car collided on the B9010 Kellas to Dallas road near Craigend, on March 20, 2016.

Mr and Mrs McKandie supported by their family and friends have fundraised tirelessly in order to fund the purchase of defibrillators which will be installed in police emergency response vehicles across the North East Police Division.

Today (Wednesday, 1 February) marks the first day the defibrillators are installed for use in emergency response vehicles.

The defibrillators have been distributed between Elgin, Inverurie, Mintlaw, Stonehaven and Aberdeen and will be deployed in cases of out of hospital cardiac arrests from road policing vehicles in support of Ambulance Service colleagues.
Deputy Chief Constable, Rose Fitzpatrick, Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategic Lead, said: "Police Scotland is very grateful for the provision of 10 Automated External Defibrillators, kindly donated by Gordon and Sandra McKandie, as part of a positive and a lasting legacy following the tragic death of their son Keiran.

"Over the last three months more than 50 Road Policing officers from the North East have had advanced AED training to prepare them for this role, which will see both police and ambulance service staff deploy in partnership across the Grampian Region to enhance out-of-hospital cardiac arrest care provision.

"On a daily basis Police Scotland officers across the country provide support and assistance to our 'blue light' colleagues including the Scottish Ambulance Service, and this pilot will further strengthen those local partnerships as we all strive to keep people safe."

Chief Inspector Louise Blakelock, Local Area Commander, Road Policing, North, said: "We are extremely grateful to Keiran's family for the generous donation of ten defibrillator machines which will be carried in our road policing vehicles in the North East.

"The McKandie family are to be commended for their dedication to the fundraising campaign during such difficult times and these defibrillators will provide something positive from this tragic incident.

"The pilot will run initially for 6 months and then will be reviewed.

"A number of officers have been trained in the use of the defibrillators, with more to follow and this will allow our road policing officers to provide enhanced medical aid if required when they are first on the scene of serious incidents."

Sandra McKandie, said: "Because Keiran was in a rural area when his accident happened the police were first on the scene and had they had a defibrillator there is a chance his life might have been saved. This is a first step and we hope that police are able to use the kit with ease. Nothing can compensate for Keiran not physically being in our lives anymore but the fact that these defibrillators are located in emergency response police vehicles will enable others in a critical condition to have an increased chance of survival."

Euan Esslemont, Scottish Ambulance Service Area Manager, Grampian, said: "We look forward to trialling the co-responding initiative with Police Scotland and recognise the important role the McKandie family has played in establishing this pilot scheme."

Local Senior Officer David Rout said: “I am delighted that the North East area will be receiving defibrillators in road policing vehicles as part of the fundraising efforts of the McKandie family.

"The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is currently developing a Grampian Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) forum along with Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service and other partners such as Sandpiper Wildcat project to assist in delivering against the Scottish Government’s OHCA Strategy, which aims to dramatically increase patients’ survival chances and save as many as 1,000 lives by 2020.

“The SFRS continues to deliver the commitments made to the OHCA improvement programme which is crucial in terms of saving lives, improving patient outcomes and delivering an enhanced service to the local communities."

'Our hope is that through his sacrifice other lives may be saved and that something positive will come from such a tragic event.' - Sandra McKandie

Brayden - The First Manikin That Helps You Visualise the Effects of CPR

Thursday, January 05, 2017
Image of a Brayden Manikin with red signal lights illuminated to represent the flow of blood.

Brayden have manufactured “the first manikin that helps you visualise the effects of CPR.” It builds confidence, promotes understanding and aids knowledge retention.

Furthermore, Aero Healthcare are pleased to announce that we are now a licensed distributor of Brayden manikins and have them in stock ready to help people of all ages to learn and improve their CPR skills.

What’s so special about the Brayden Manikin?

Three interrelated sets of LED lights give real time feedback of CPR performance & function:*

1. Chest Compression Indicating Lights - These illuminate to represent the volume of blood being circulated by the chest compressions. This volume depends on the depth of compressions. These will only fully light when the depth of compressions is over 5cm.
2. Blood Circulation Indicating Lights - These illuminate to represent the flow of the blood from the heart to the brain. The speed of the blood flow shown varies according to the depth and speed of the compressions. These will only fully light once the rate of compressions is over 100 per minute.
3. CPR Quality Indicating Light - This illuminates to represent that blood is reaching the brain. This will only fully light when the depth and speed of compressions are correct.

The manikin will either illuminate fully or partially depending on the depth and rate of the person’s CPR compressions. If the compressions are good, the entire manikin will light up highlighting the vital areas. If the compressions aren’t effective, the lights will only partially light up, encouraging harder or deeper compressions.

Some of the key features:

- Oral and nasal passages which allow realistic nose pinch
- Head tilt and chin lift for opening airway
- Audible feedback reinforces correct compression depth (Clicker ON/OFF)
- 6 set of alkaline batteries can power 160,000 compressions. AC supply optional
- Highly realistic chest movement with correct ventilations
- Anatomically correct. Harmless, latex-free skin. Easy AED training pad removal. RoHS & REACH compliant
- Air vent reduces the risk of cross contamination. Air from Brayden’s disposable lungs exits through the back of his head. This means students never come in to contact with exhaled air.

With the launch of the Brayden Manikin to our product portfolio it expands our already extensive Basic Life Saving (BLS) range and gives you (the user) everything you need to train so that you are ready to save a life, in real-life.

Aero Healthcare AUS already distribute Brayden manikins and we are proud to be following suit.

View the full Brayden range here
*Brayden uses advanced built-in sensors to detect and analyse the effectiveness of CPR. These sensors are set to a default value to detect compressions in line with current (2010) CPR guidelines.


The 2016 Emergency Services Show

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Image of the Aero Healthcare AED Defibrillator stand set up at the 2016 Emergency Services Show.

The Emergency Services Show is the UK’s annual event for all emergency services personnel, companies and businesses in the wider health and safety sector to exhibit and network together. This year’s show will be our 3rd year attending and will be our best yet.

It is a marketplace for the emergency services industry looking to drive efficiency through collaborations with companies like Aero Healthcare. The 2016 event will allow us to build on our already impressive 50% collaboration with the UK’s Police service and 26% of the UK’s Fire service. The ESS brings all emergency services and individual organisations together with the single aim of improving public health and safety and also reflects the importance of these national services.

The first Emergency Services Show was held in 2006 at The Royal Horticultural Halls in London and has grown year on year since then. This year sees the show move to Hall 5, the NEC’s most prestigious event holding space.

With 450+ exhibitors expected this year, a 10% increase on last year, this year will be the biggest one yet from the organisers, Broaden Media. Aero Healthcare have been attending this event for a few years now and we are proud to exhibit again this year to reinforce the overwhelming success of the Aero Healthcare brand in the industry to date.

Visitors to the show can expect exhibits from fire and rescue services, police, ambulance, prison services, hospital, health authorities, government departments and many more. If you are involved in emergency prevention, response and recovery you should also join us at this year’s show. If you are interested in any of these sectors, you can come along as a visitor. Simply click this link to sign up

The opening times for this year’s show are:

Wednesday 21st September 09:00 – 17:30
Thursday 22nd September 09:00 – 16:00

We will be exhibiting on stand B25 and we look forward to seeing you there.

Get involved with the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ESS2016

See all of our highlights from the 2016 EMS Show below:

Training on Defibrillators to be Included on the EFAW and FAW Syllabus

Friday, August 19, 2016
Image of a male receiving chest compressions whilst connected to an AED Defibrillator.

Here at Aero Healthcare we aim to keep you constantly up-to-date with all industry based news. This latest news update relates to changes to The Resuscitation Council UK guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) made in October 2015.

The changes mean that HSE will now be revising the Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses. The revision will require all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the 31 December 2016, as the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines now state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED.

It is sensible to ensure that Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW) first aiders are trained in AED use as they are now available within many workplaces and public spaces. There is good evidence that the early use of an AED has a far more beneficial outcome for the casualty than if that intervention is delayed.

For employers this does not mean you have to purchase a defibrillator for your workplace as the requirement for a defibrillator is still dependent on your risk assessment. It is however extremely good practice and demonstrates care to your employees to install a defibrillator.

Existing first aiders do not have to be immediately retrained as they will be updated in this skill when they requalify. If you are unsure or have any questions, please see our FAQs here:

For those who deliver EFAW and FAW training the change means that you should ensure that students are trained and assessed on how to use an AED from the 31 December 2016 within the existing timeframe allowed for the delivery of either EFAW or FAW training. HSE has no objection if training providers wish to adopt this change before the 31 December 2016.

To read the full article go to - HSE June 2016 First Aid eBulletin

More than just and AED - CPR Explained....increasing survival rates up to 75%

Friday, December 05, 2014


Every year 7 million people worldwide suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

84% Occure outside of a healthcare setting.

5-10% of victims currently survive.

Effective CPR could increase survival rates up to 75%.




Emergency Services Show | 24-25 September 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Image of the Emergency Services Show 2014 Logo.

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HeartSine® Samaritan Launch a Fully Automatic Defibrillator 360P

Wednesday, September 03, 2014




A Fully Automatic Public Access Defibrillator

PAD 360P

Compact, Easy-to-Use, Lifesaving Technology

 Image of a new 360p fully automatic public access defibrillator available from Aero Healthcare.
easy-to-operate and fully automatic
delivering a life-saving shock

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death globally. As response time is 
critical for survival, the use of an AED can increase the survival rate from 5% to up to 
70%, if used within the first few minutes of the SCA.

The samaritan® PAD family of public access defibrillators is designed especially for use in 
public areas by providing a sophisticated defibrillator for adult or paediatric use, inside a 
lightweight and easy-to-operate system. Offering all the key features of the samaritan PAD 
products, the samaritan PAD 360P is a fully automatic defibrillator designed to analyse heart 
rhythm and automatically deliver a life-saving electrical shock (if needed). 

The SAM 360P also 
includes a motion detection feature to warn users of excessive or unexpected patient movement.

Lifesaving, pure, simple and rewarding 

TELL US, Get a FREE Pad-Pak

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tell Us...Get a Free Pad-Pak

If you know of a HeartSine samaritan® PAD that has been used during a Sudden Cardiac Arrest event, it’s critical that you provide HeartSine with the Saver® EVO file, which contains comprehensive data about the event, and a completed Customer Event Form that Small graphic detailing how to get a free Pad-Pak.provides details about the patient and the event. We use the information you provide to measure the success of our AEDs and to continually improve our products to ensure the most optimum results.

That’s why it’s important that you TELL US whenever a samaritan PAD has been used! In fact, this data is so important to us, that we’ll provide you with a free Pad-Pak just for your effort. Simply upload the Saver EVO file and Customer Event Form (which can be found on the distributor portal) to HeartSine as soon as possible after the event (within 72 hours is ideal, so the data isn’t lost), and we’ll send you a free-Pad-Pak. Just TELL US. It’s that simple.

Software Upgrade for Samartian for Product Correction - 500P Defibrillator

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
HeartSine Technologies samaritan® PAD 500P (Public Access Defibrillator) Software upgrade

Dear Owners of the samaritan® PAD 500P,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a corrective action that HeartSine Technologies Ltd. is introducing in relation to samaritan® PAD 500P public access defibrillators.

The corrective action is intended to address an issue that could affect the accuracy of the CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) instructions provided to rescuers by the samaritan® PAD 500P Defibrillator during a sudden cardiac arrest situation. HeartSine Technologies’ records indicate that you have received a samaritan® PAD 500P device which is affected by this action.

Issue identified

The samaritan® PAD 500P Defibrillator is intended, where appropriate, to deliver shocks to victims of a sudden cardiac arrest and has a secondary function to provide feedback to rescuers concerning the effectiveness of the CPR they are providing.

The corrective action described in this Upgrade is for Product Correction relates to this secondary function. The software in your samaritan® PAD 500P may miscalculate the CPR rate of compression per minute being administered to the patient. 

The rescuer may, therefore, be incorrectly advised by the device to “Push Slower” when, in fact, the CPR rate is at an acceptable level. There are reports of death and serious injury during the use of the samaritan PAD 500P devices, and in two cases the incorrect CPR feedback given to the user cannot be eliminated as being a contributory factor to the patient outcome. Any samaritan® PAD 500P Defibrillator devices manufactured between February 2010 and January 2014 with the following serial numbers inclusive are affected by this issue:

· 10B0010001 to 14B00461703

Download PDF here for more information on this software upgrade