HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY and LAERDAL MEDICAL CORPORATION announced plans to develop a strategic

HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY and LAERDAL MEDICAL CORPORATION announced plans to develop a strategic alliance to strengthen the “chain of survival” for cardiac arrest patients. This includes joint initiatives on distribution, product development, and training, which are aimed to support caregivers` ability to repond early to patients both inside and outside the hospital and to expand public access to early defibrillation.

Hewlett-Packard provides hospital-based cardiac diagnostic and resuscitation devices, and Laerdal provides training products and resuscitation devices. Under a distribution agreement, Laerdal will become the primary distributor of the HP CodeMaster 100 defibrillator to the U.S. EMS market, while Hewlett-Packard will distribute Laerdal`s new Heartstart 911 defibrillators to the hospital, physician-care, and integrated-health services markets. Existing channels of distribution for these products will remain unchanged.

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