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A letter to emergency nurses

During this Nurses Month celebration, we’d like to express our utmost gratitude for your resilience, focus and unending compassion for quality patient care.

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EMS powered products

In the unpredictable world of emergency response, every minute counts. Split-second decisions and unwavering courage are the norm. These are the firefighters, EMS professionals, nurses and rescuers who confront chaos with unwavering determination every single day. At Stryker, we stand shoulder to shoulder with these brave individuals, committed to being their ally in the fight to save lives and deliver quality care. But their work is not for the faint of heart.

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CR2 AED wall unit hangin beside two students leaning against lockers in school hallway

AED buying guide

An effective AED program is a critical link in the chain of survival, empowering you to deliver lifesaving intervention even before emergency services arrive. Stryker offers diverse options to help you choose the right defibrillator for your employees and customers.

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AEDs are vital to athlete safety

From youth leagues to pros: AEDs play a vital role in safeguarding athletes of all ages

In the fast-paced world of sports, where victories and challenges unfold on the field, athletes face a silent and unpredictable adversary—sudden cardiac arrest. This life-threatening condition knows no age or athletic level, impacting young individuals engaged in youth sports to professionals performing at their peak.

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Derrick Mosley with wife and ETMs standing in front of emergency vehicle

Sudden cardiac arrest: It can happen to anyone

Derrick Mosley survived a sudden cardiac arrest thanks to his wife's quick thinking and a team of first responders.

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When to use an AED

Knowing when to use an AED: CPR and AED guidelines for sudden cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition that can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) combined with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) can significantly increase the chances of survival.

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LUCAS device placed on a sudden cardiac arrest victim

Understanding the basics of a LUCAS chest compression system

When it comes to medical emergencies like sudden cardiac arrest, time is of the essence. Traditional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be demanding and fatiguing, even for first responders. This is where a LUCAS chest compression system comes into play. The innovative LUCAS device offers a viable solution for consistent, high-quality chest compressions, a critical component in resuscitation.1 This article aims to break down the basics of what a LUCAS chest compression system is and why it is revolutionizing the way CPR is administered.

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Denis Legault holding eggs

Survivor: Denis Legault

Quick action (and speedy driving) by paramedics helped save sudden cardiac arrest survivor Denis Legault. Two years after the event, Denis met the crew that helped save his life.

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Derrick Mosley sudden cardiac arrest survivor

Survivor: Derrick Mosley

After going on a morning run, Derrick began to feel some chest discomfort. His wife, Melissa, a healthcare professional trained in resuscitation, quickly recognized the warning signs of a sudden cardiac arrest. Luckily, an off-duty firefighter pulled over from traffic and began assisting. Soon EMS and Fire/Rescue units arrived to apply a LUCAS.

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Empty classroom at an elementary school needing an AED

Four reasons every school needs AEDs

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Back of an ambulance with a powered ambulance cot and LUCAS device

How the right equipment can help recruit and retain EMTs and paramedics

Reduce the risk of caregiver injury when loading and unloading cots.

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Survivor: Bob Whetton

Survivor: Bob Whetton

Seven cardiac arrest events, seven saves. Watch this video to discover more about the cardiac arrest response system at Brighton FC's AMEX stadium.

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Andy Hannan

Survivor: Andy Hannan

Andy Hannan was playing walking football when he collapsed on the field from a sudden cardiac arrest. Thankfully, one of his co-players, Sue, a first aid volunteer, immediately sprang to action. Watch how she saved his life with the help of the system of care.

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AEDs on college campuses

Why every college campus needs accessible AEDs

Automated external defibrillators are an essential part of every college health and safety program

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Survivor: Esley Thorton

The most important thing to Esley Thorton is his family. Watch how they each played a role in saving his life with the help of an AED they keep in their kitchen pantry.

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Woman retrieving an AED from a wall cabinet in an office

How to prepare your workplace for a sudden cardiac emergency

A workplace emergency is an unforeseen event that can endanger your employees or customers. These incidents can disrupt or shut down your operations. While you can never be fully prepared for every emergency, developing a plan of action prior to a possible emergency is key to responding in a timely and appropriate manner.

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Bystander using a LIFEPAK CR2 AED on a sudden cardiac arrest vicitim in a public setting

Help increase patient outcomes both in and out of the hospital

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EMS Stories: Provo Fire and Rescue

We spoke with Provo Fire & Rescue, in Provo, Utah. Hear about the care they administer in the back of their ambulance on a day-to-day basis.

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Survivor: Garry Vandenberg

Garry Vandenberg was performing a hymn sing during a church performance when he collapsed on stage from a sudden cardiac arrest. Thankfully, a few key audience members immediately sprang to action. Watch how Stryker’s system of care saved his life and learn how the Kalamazoo community works together to help save lives.

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EMS Stories: Memphis Fire Department

We sat down with the Memphis Fire Department. Hear their perspectives on what it's like to work in emergency medical services.

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Bystanders perform CPR and prepare a LIFEPAK CR2 AED on a sudden cardiac victim

The role of defibrillation during sudden cardiac arrest

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Survivor: Bennett Hart

A rare genetic condition caused Bennett Hart’s heart to stop three times between the ages of 8 and 15. Watch how this determined student athlete overcomes every obstacle with the support of his friends and family.

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How to purchase an AED and AED buying guide

AED buying guide

Make the right choice when purchasing an AED. Explore the 5 standards to follow and consider Stryker's diverse options for your workplace's safety program.

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Survivor: Bob Zollner

Bob Zollner, a retired firefighter, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on his wife’s birthday. Watch how she saved his life with the help of their local fire department.

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AED signage on a wall in an office

8 steps to a successful AED safety program

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EMS Stories: Anchorage Area Wide EMS

We connected with the men and women of Anchorage Area-wide EMS for the latest installment of our EMS Stories series. Hear their perspectives on what it's like to work in Emergency Medical Services in the unforgiving, rugged terrain of Alaska.

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Survivor: Matt Cass

A normal routine changed direction when Matt Cass collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest during his morning walk. Miraculously, after 80 minutes of continuous CPR and critical care, Matt regained his pulse and started breathing. Listen to his story.

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EMT stands outside emergency vehicle holidng a LIFEPAK CR2 AED

12-year-old girl experiences cardiac arrest, Stryker employee responds

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EMS Stories: Rescue on Mount Marmolada

As two experienced rock climbers scaled the vertical wall of Marmolada – the highest mountain of the Italian Dolomites – they knew something was amiss when the temperature dropped suddenly.

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Survivor: Jordan Schoen

Jordan Schoen was only 17 when he collapsed on the basketball court. Watch to learn how the system of care saved his life and why this experience drove his family to give back to their community.

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CR2 AED unit being used with patient lying on floor

Defibrillator 101

Defibrillators detect the heart’s rhythm and send potentially lifesaving shocks to the heart if needed. They can help correct an arrhythmia and restore a normal heartbeat if the heart suddenly stops beating.

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EMS Stories: Community Ambulance Las Vegas

We sat down with the men and women of Community Ambulance in Las Vegas. Hear their perspectives on what it's like to work in emergency medical services.

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Group of executives discussing creating an AED program for their workplace

5 steps to convince decision makers to adopt an AED program

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EMS Stories: Liverpool P.A.

We follow the volunteer men and women of Liverpool EMS in Liverpool, P.A. Learn how this small town community serves and protects their neighbors every day!

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Survivor: Roger Hildwein

What started out as a productive workout turned critical after our own Staff Mechanical Engineer Roger Hildwein suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in our onsite gym.

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Why all police cars need AEDs - back of a patrol vehicle

Why all police cars need AEDs

Law enforcements' role in providing early defibrillation

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Woman sitting at laptop reviewing workplace AED management software

3 ways AED remote monitoring makes a difference

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Survivor: Rick Ahrens

When one of our own Team Members, Rick Ahrens, succumbed to cardiac arrest, his co-workers didn't hesitate to start CPR and apply an AED. This is his story.

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Survivor: Bill Krueger

Former Major League Baseball player, William "Bill" Krueger, shares his sudden cardiac arrest survival story.

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