HeartSine Technologies is the only company to design, develop and manufacture Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) in the UK – the birthplace of the mobile defibrillator. HeartSine Technologies is a world leader in personal and public access defibrillation with an impressive pedigree dating back over 40 years.
In the early 1960’s a team working at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast under the direction of Professor Frank Pantridge (who became known as the ‘Father of Emergency Medicine’) introduced the idea of mobile coronary care. Pantridge’s team approached Prof John Anderson to lead biomedical engineering efforts to develop a mobile defibrillator.
The first ‘mobile’ defibrillator weighed nearly 50kg and housed two 12V car batteries. It was difficult to move and cumbersome to operate but improvements in the outcomes of patients suffering Sudden Cardiac Arrest were soon observed and the team’s work changed the way emergency care was delivered globally.
From developments in capacitor technology which improved efficiency and reduced the weight of devices to patented algorithms, Prof Anderson’s work in the years which followed led to a number of advancements which are now used worldwide in all kinds of defibrillator models.
Today Prof John Anderson is the Chief Technical Officer at HeartSine Technologies. He founded the company with a group of investors in 1997 with the aim of placing lifesaving technology in the hands, not only of medical professionals, but of everyone whatever their skill level.
HeartSine samaritan® devices offer outstanding clinical efficiency based on long experience in ground-breaking mobile defibrillation technology. They are lightweight, portable, easy -to-use and designed specifically for the out-of-hospital environment.