Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States with over 350,000 people suffering a cardiac arrest this year. Less than 30% of victims of cardiac arrest receive life saving CPR (American Heart Association, 2012). For every minute a victim does not receive CPR, their survival is decreased by 10%. Sudden cardiac arrest can strike at anytime and any age, often with no history of heart trouble. If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is applied to the patient within the first two minutes of the arrest, the chance of survival is 80%. The American Red Cross supports the position that improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year. The Red Cross believes that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it. The average response time for 9-1-1 first responder calls are 8-12 minutes.
AED Sales //
How do I use an AED? //
The AED may look intimidating because it looks complicated and many people may fear they could could do harm to the victim or themselves.
Fear Not! The AED will not shock a healthy heart and is as easy to use as 1-2-3:
1- Press the ON button
2- Plug the cord connecting the pads into the AED
3- Stick the pads to the victim's bare chest
The AED will provide voice prompts and instructions on whether the victim's heart has stopped and if you need to press the SHOCK button. That is it!
Facts about the AED //
AEDs generally come with a lithium battery packs. If the unit is used frequently, the battery pack may have to be replaced more often. The AED will inform the user when the battery pack needs to be replaced.
It is recommended the pad package be replaced every two years. The AED performs automatic self-checks on a daily basis to test its operational readiness. If there is a malfunction, most units will make a loud chirping sound and flash a red light warning the owner that servicing may be required.
Units come with specific model and brand set up instructions.
Anyone can buy an AED. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rules require a physician’s prescription (AEDs are manufactured and sold under guidelines approved by the Food and Drug Administration) before the unit can be delivered.
Worried about liability? //
State and federal “Good Samaritan” laws cover users who, in good faith, attempt to save a person from death. To date, there are no known judgments against anyone who used an AED to save someone’s life.