AEDs in Schools, Church’s and the Work Place

 Automated External Defibrillator ( AED )

Is your school, church or work place prepared if sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes a student, staff member or visitor?

By having trained responders and AEDs onsite, you will be better equipped in the event that SCA affects a member of your community.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, usually without warning. Many more lives can be saved if trained bystanders act promptly and phone 911, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and provide defibrillation within minutes. The 2010 American and Canadian Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines stress the importance of high-quality CPR and the availability of an AED to help improve outcomes in a cardiac arrest. The AHA recognizes the significance of CPR chest compressions and their direct ability to increase the likelihood of a successful shock.

"There was unanimous support for increased emphasis on ensuring that rescuers deliver high-quality CPR: rescuers need to provide an adequate number and depth of compressions, allow complete chest recoil after each compression, and minimize interruptions in chest compressions."-2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and the availability of an AED.

 

AEDs at School Athletic Events

In recent years AEDs have become commonplace on athletic fields, in gymnasiums and as standard school emergency medical equipment, helping to save many lives across the country. With more exposure to sudden cardiac arrest, schools are taking the initiative to be prepared in an emergency. However, it is not only the schools who have stepped up to the plate.

 

AEDs in the Work Place

Placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace, along with providing a proper management system and training for employees on how to use the devices, can mean the difference between life and death, proponents argue.

Of the sudden cardiac arrest deaths that occur each year more than 95 percent of the victims die before they reach the hospital. However, AED advocates note that when care is provided within five to seven minutes, including early treatment with an AED, survival rates can improve dramatically.

Using a defibrillator on an individual in cardiac arrest increas es his survival rate by 60 percent. "For every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation, the chances of a cardiac arrest victim's survival decrease by up to 10 percent.

"The bottom line is that AEDs belong in the workplace,"

"The workplace is the ideal setting because most have a mind-set that includes human resources, risk management and training, and there are policies and accountability expectations. Data show that sudden cardiac arrest survival rates can be higher in a workplace than in other locations, including medical institutions, when a workplace makes this topic part of their processes and culture."

 

AEDs in a Church

Placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in a church, along with providing a proper training can mean the difference between life and death.

The average age of people attending church is 61, but Cardiac Arrest is not age specific. Cardaic Arrest can strike at any time and place at any age.

Of the sudden cardiac arrest deaths that occur each year more than 95 percent of the victims die before they reach the hospital. However, AED advocates note that when care is provided within five to seven minutes, including early treatment with an AED, survival rates can improve dramatically.

Using a defibrillator on an individual in cardiac arrest increases his survival rate by 60 percent. "For every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation, the chances of a cardiac arrest victim's survival decrease by up to 10 percent.

"The bottom line is that AEDs belong everywhere"

We can help.

Call 1-877-233-8288 to learn more about implementing an AED program at your school.