Defibtech AED Featured in The Museum of Modern Art’s SAFE: Design Takes On Risk Exhibit
New York, NY – October, 25, 2005 – The Defibtech automated external defibrillator (AED) is on display at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The world’s foremost modern art museum, MoMA chose the lifesaving device – used to resuscitate victims of sudden cardiac arrest – for inclusion in its SAFE: Design Takes On Risk exhibit, which runs through Jan. 2, 2006.
According to Defibtech President Gintaras Vaisnys, Defibtech was contacted about participation earlier this year by the exhibit’s curators. The Museum chose the Defibtech AED as a model of how design can enhance emergency response. “The exhibit demonstrates how good design contributes to protection and security,” said Vaisnys. “Defibtech AEDs are designed to be affordable, easy to use, reliable and eye-catching. All these characteristics make it more effective as a lifesaving device.”
Selection of the Defibtech AED for the SAFE: Design Takes On Risk exhibit is just the latest of many prestigious honors that the Defibtech Lifeline® and ReviveR™ AEDs have received. For its contributions to making high-quality AEDs more affordable and accessible, Defibtech received the Best Bang for the Buck Award from leading AED industry analyst Frost and Sullivan in September. Within the past two years, Defibtech has also won the Gold Medical Design Excellence Award from Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine, the Industrial Design Excellence Award (Industrial Designers Society of America), Good Design Award (Chicago Athenaeum), Design Excellence Award (Appliance Manufacturer magazine), Technology Innovation Award (Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce) and the Gold Connecticut Quality Innovation Prize -- America’s oldest state-level Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
AEDs revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation. National health experts estimate that sudden cardiac arrest kills over 400,000 people in the United States each year. Studies show that if victims are defibrillated within a minute or two after arrest, more than 70 percent survive. If defibrillation is delayed for more than 10 minutes, only 5 percent live, making immediate access to AEDs vital.
SAFE: Design Takes On Risk features a carefully selected array of more than 300 contemporary design objects and prototypes from all over the world designed for a variety of reasons: to protect body and mind from dangerous or stressful circumstances; respond to emergency situations; ensure clarity of information; and provide a sense of comfort and security. The objects displayed in the exhibition address the spectrum of human fears and worries, from the most exceptional to the most mundane, from the dread of earthquakes and terrorist attacks to fear of darkness and loneliness. The exhibition is organized by Paola Antonelli, Curator, and Patricia Juncosa Vecchierini, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.
Defibtech relentlessly pursues one goal: making the best automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in the world at affordable prices. Defibtech designs and manufactures the FDA-approved Lifeline™ and ReviveR™ brand AEDs and related accessories. Defibtech’s products are sold through its network of distribution partners in the United States and around the world. Founded in 1999, Defibtech is headquartered in Guilford, Connecticut and manufactures all of its defibrillators in the United States in a state-of-the-art ISO-9002 certified facility. For more information about Defibtech and its products, visit www.defibtech.com or call 1-866-DEFIB-4-U (1-866-333-4248).
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