Philips Healthcare is announcing that, as of May 18, 2009, orders for the HeartStart FR2+ (M3860A, M3861A, M3840A, and M3841A) automated external defibrillator (AED) will no longer be accepted. After nine years on the market, the FR2+ is being discontinued.
Philips will continue to honor the standard five-year warranty for all currently installed FR2+ AEDs, as well as the optional two-year warranty extension available in the United States.
Supplies, training accessories, and technical support for the FR2+ will continue to be available.
For customers who require ECG display voice recording, extended ECG recording, manual override, or three-lead ECG, Philips is actively investigating the feasibility of offering refurbished HeartStart FR2+ devices. For those customers who do not need these features, Philips suggests consideration of the HeartStart FRx AED.
The FRx offers many of the same outstanding features as the FR2+, such as the same consistent, reassuring “voice” customers are already used to; the same pads hand-off capability to arriving EMS, daily self-testing, and compatibility with Philips data management software. In addition, the FRx offers many benefits not shared by the FR2+. Compared to the FR2+, the FRx is:
• Less expensive to own in most environments — lower five-year cost of ownership — same pads for both adult and pediatric defibrillation
• Easier to use — pre-connected pads — CPR Coaching — voice prompts paced to the responder’s action — an Infant/Child key that that automatically reduces the delivered therapy to a level appropriate for a patient under 8 years old or less than 55 lbs (25 kg)
• More robust (500 lbs crush, IP55 rated enclosure) • Quicker in shock delivery, typically within 8 seconds from the end of the patient care pause, compared to 10 seconds for FR2+. Philips continues to shape the future of AED technology. We appreciate the loyalty of our customers
and remain committed to providing products of the highest quality.
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