As many as 450,000 people each year lose their lives suddenly and without warning to sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. alone—more than stroke, accidents and diabetes combined. Over half of these sudden cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital- that’s a life lost every two minutes in places where people go about their everyday lives. Eighty percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home and thirteen percent of workplace deaths are caused by sudden cardiac arrest.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is rare. History tells me that it won’t happen in my company, school, church or fitness gym. If it were to happen, calling 9-1-1 is the answer.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death and strikes suddenly without warning. Sudden Cardiac Arrest claims the lives of as many as 450,000 people every year in the U.S. alone. About 95 percent of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims die. CPR and calling 9-1-1 are not enough.
Even if my company had an AED program, I doubt it would be enough to save the life of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest victim.
The American Heart Association recommends defibrillation within 3-5 minutes. On average, it takes emergency medical services teams 6-12 minutes to arrive. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, chances for survival decrease by 10 percent. Studies show that when effective AED programs are in place, survival rates can be as high as 74 percent—up from a mere 5 percent without at AED.
Having an AED program would put my company, school, church or fitness gym at legal risk.
The current legal environment supports the use of an AED on a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims are, in effect, already dead. Use of an AED can only help, it cannot hurt. All AEDs are FDA approved and designed to deliver a shock only if the person’s heart needs it.
My company’s current health and safety policies are enough.
An AED is more likely to save a life in your office than any of the safety devices you wouldn’t consider going without, such as fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.
AEDs are only used by Hospitals and Emergency Medical Services, AEDs are not common in the workplace, churches, schools or public places for layman use.
Recently the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) surveyed 400 of its corporate and business members and found 34 percent of those who replied to the survey and who had implemented an AED program have used the defibrillator at least once to help save a life. The survey also showed that 66 percent of those Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims were successfully revived with AEDs. Many states have mandate laws that require AEDs in public schools.
We do need an AED for our elderly church members, but we do not need one for our church daycare center?
As many as 7,000 children are struck down by sudden cardiac arrest each year, suddenly robbed of the chance to fulfill their dreams. When AEDs are readily available, the lifesaving results can be dramatic. Studies have shown that survival rates as high as 74 percent can be achieved with an effective AED program in place.
AEDs are medical devices and should only be used by trained professionals such as a Doctor or EMS personnel.
AEDs are very easy to use. Although rescuers should be trained in CPR and AED use, studies have shown that an untrained layperson witnessing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest school demonstrated the skills for effective and fast use of an AED by following instruction from the AEDs voice prompts.