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Philips Supports the Boston Marathon as the Sole Provider of Life-Saving Medical Devices
Date:4/18/2008

Automated external defibrillators and advanced life support

monitor/defibrillators help ensure safety at 112th Boston Marathon

ANDOVER, Mass., April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today announced its role as the sole provider of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and advanced life support (ALS) monitor/defibrillators for the 112th Boston Marathon, which will be run on April 21. The strategic deployment of Philips HeartStart AEDs and ALS monitor/defibrillators will equip the Boston Marathon Medical Team to respond promptly to the medical needs of runners and spectators alike.

Philips will provide 31 HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillators and 36 HeartStart AEDs to cover the race, including along the course and at first aid stations, medical tents and Red Cross stations. These devices will be in steady use, or at the ready, to support the more than 1,200 medical and nursing personnel that will staff the event.

The HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator provides advanced functionality with the fastest time to shock of any monitor/defibrillator and the ability to support healthcare professionals in diagnosing both routine and critical conditions, such as acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). The MRx is sure to be a widely used tool for the Boston Marathon Medical Team as it provides the technology to monitor and assess patients, including measuring heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation, among other vital signs. A common risk for marathon runners is the onset of hyper- or hypothermia, conditions that require immediate diagnosis and treatment. The HeartStart MRx is the only device of its class equipped with on-board continuous temperature monitoring,
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