Next-generation automated external defibrillator to assist first responders in fighting sudden cardiac arrest

Special to The Freeman

July 10, 2015

WAUKESHA – Cardiac Science, headquartered in Waukesha, is announcing that the Oconee County Sheriff’s office in South Carolina will be the first U.S. public safety agency to equip patrol vehicles with the new Powerheart G5 automated external defibrillator.

The Powerheart G5 is the first FDA-cleared AED to offer a combination of automatic shock delivery, dual-language functionality, variable escalating energy, and rapid shock times.

Cardiac Science designed the Powerheart G5 to enable anyone, from a first-time user to a professional rescuer, to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest incident.

Oconee County covers 674 square miles in western South Carolina near the Georgia boarder. The county’s initial order of eight Powerheart G5s will equip patrol vehicles assigned to the areas here deputies are most likely to arrive in advance of an ambulance, according to Captain Jeff Underwood of the Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division.

Deputies are the first responders in more than 6 percent of the county’s cardiac arrest incidents.

The Powerheart G5 conducts daily, weekly, and monthly self-tests and has a highly visible indicator to confirm the device’s Rescue Ready status.

For more information about Cardiac Science, call 1-800-426-0337 or visit