Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, emergency medical services (EMS) treats about 383,000 victims of SCA before they reach the hospital. Less than 12 percent of those victims survive. SCA can happen to anyone at any time. It is important for companies and organizations to implement AED programs so employees are prepared to respond to an SCA emergency. Placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in key locations, and making sure employees are trained to use them, can mean the difference between life and death.
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AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators are one of the simplest and most effective ways to combat common emergency occurrences such as sudden cardiac arrest. If you live or work in an area where there is a large number of people congregated on a daily basis it is important to have an AED somewhere that can be easily accessed in case of emergency. With proper training a well-placed AED can save the life of someone whose heart has stopped beating. AEDs are designed to be automated so that even those who have not been professionally trained are able to operate them in case of an extreme emergency. The unit will often give verbal instructions to the user in order to administer treatment to the victim. However courses are offered to make sure that the device is used most effectively in order to save the life of a victim in need.
AEDs work by administering an electric shock which effectively jumpstarts the victims heart until it resumes its normal rhythm and function. The nature of this device is why training is so important. Using the unit incorrectly could cause harm not only to the victim but to those who are in contact with the victim’s skin at the time of the shock.
By preparing your home, workplace, or other gathering area you are taking the first step to making it safer for everyone who gathers there on a regular basis. In order to promote the safety of yourself and those around you it is also important to take AHA CPR AED courses in order to provide the maximum benefit to the health of those around you. The courses offered are simple and could save someone’s life in the event of an emergency.