Royal Philips Electronics has launched HeartStart FR3 automated external defibrillator (AED) to save life of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims faster and easier for professional responders in the US.

HeartStart FR3 features easy to access, pre-connected peel and place pads which automatically powers on when the device carry case is opened, thus enabling speed therapy delivery.

The HeartStart FR3 is designed with a bright, high-resolution, color LCD that provides visible prompts for easier use in noisy environments.

It also includes a CPR metronome that keeps the beat for consistent chest compressions; and bilingual configurability so that voice and text prompts can be clearly understood by a variety of responders.

Philips said its Smart Pads III are compatible for use with Philips HeartStart FR2-series and work with Philips monitor/defibrillators, including HeartStart MRx, for easy hand-off which makes it easier for programs to standardize on one pad set.

The HeartStart FR3 when inserted into infant/child key automatically decreases the defibrillation therapy and implements the configured infant/child CPR protocols.