Home & Office Safety

March 23rd, 2020 by

The AED You Can Keep at Home or Office which could Save a Life BEFORE the Ambulance Arrives!

When crucial seconds count, you may be able to save a life before the ambulance arrives.

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We are excited to share with you that there has never been an easier and more safe way to save a life by getting Automated external defibrillator (AED) for your home or office.

Having an AED close at hand when disaster strikes a family member, colleague or anyone who needs rescusitation could literally mean the difference between life and death.

an AED in use
A student undergoes training with an AED. Having an AED in close proximity increases the survival chances of a cardiac arrest by up to 70%!

What is an AED?

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED as they are known is a device which much like you have seen on a TV drama when the paramedics arrive remove the upper clothing, place paddles on the patient and shout “CLEAR!”.   The AED will deliver an electrical charge to the body of a patient in order to “kickstart” the heart, used in conjunction with CPR the chance of the sufferer surviving the episode is significantly increased.  This is used in cases of life threatening cardiac arrhythmias which lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

Opened AED
This is what an opened AED looks like. Image courtesy of WikiPedia.

 

Every Minute Counts – CLEAR!

When someone close by suffers a cardiac arrest what do you do?  Call 911 of course.  The 911 phone responder will guide you to position the patient and instruct you on how to do basic CPR, that is of course unless you are recently trained in CPR, whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive.  At this stage unfortunately this is simply all that can be done.

 

Chance of survival from a Cardiac Arrest without defibrillation
The very scary statistics. Just nine minutes to drop from 90% to a 10% chance of survival from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

 

The chances of survival, depending on the severity of the cardiac arrest, is very low.  Hopefully you will be able to maintain a level of breathing and get the heart pumping before the paramedics arrive.  When they do their first action will be to check the breathing and heart rate and if necessary will administer an AED which is far more effective in rescusitating the patient.

Defibrillators Save Lives

  • Defibrillation within the first few minutes of having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest increases the chance of survival to over 70%
  • Without early defibrillation with an AED, less then 5% of cardiac arrest victims survive
  • Without defibrillation, for every minute that passes, the chance of survival reduces by 10%
  • The Average ambulance response times in the US are approximately 8-10 minutes in metro areas and up to 30 minutes in regional areas – defibrillation in combination with CPR gives victims the best chance of survival when waiting for Ambulance to arrive
call 991, cpr, aed
The crucial process to improve chances of survival. Call 911, CPR, administer AED.

I’m not trained to use an AED!  What if I panic?!

Unless you’re medically trained, no reasonable person could blame you for panicking!  The stress in life and death situations is completely understandable.

Fortunately modern AEDs have visual, and some even have voice prompts which are automatically started as soon as you pull the handle of the device.  The voice assisted technology will guide you through the entire process and can even speed up or slow down depending on your responses to ensure that even if you are (quite naturally!) under stress, so that you can safely and effectively use the defibrillator.

Remember, having an AED close by and simply an adult close by to administer it, you are already increasing the chances of survival by up to 70%, so try to relax and follow the voice and visual prompts.

Additionally, most AED manufactuerers also offer training for yourself, your family or staff on using the AED effectively.  Of course having professional trianing is highly recommended.  These courses also include CPR training which will increase the chances of survival even more.  Many AEDs include a training function with which you can undergo basic training yourself.  If you only do this once, you will be in a far better position to save a life should an emergency ever occur.

Are AED’s Safe?

AEDs are completely safe as they are designed with non-medically trained staff in mind.  The best AEDs have several fail-safe measures such as sensors to detect skin temperature, heart rate and many more.  Whilst training is advised to get the most out of the AED they are specifically built from the ground up for the “layman”.

They are used by school teachers, gym/fitness instructors, aged care assistants and simply by managers and business owners to have one “on standby” just in case an employee suffers a Severe Cardiac Arrest.  The FDA has approved many brands and models to ensure they are safe to use by non-medical professionals, ie you!

I heard you need a prescription?

You heard right, in most cases this is true.  But there is one (the first and only) AED which is available without a prescription:  the Philips HeartStart OnSite AED.  This wonderful little device is the only FDA approved AED that can be purchased without a prescription.  Weighs only 3.3lbs/1.5kgs has full visual and voice guidance included, an 8 year warranty and a 4 year lithium battery.

Philips HeartStart OnSite AED
The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED. The only FDA approved AED which can be purchased without a prescription

There’s really no need to be concerned about the prescription though, the process is very simple and most AED distributors will supply a prescription with your purchase.  Be sure to check your state laws though to be sure.

 

Having an AED on site at your home or office can quite simply save lives, could even be your own!