What is an AED?: An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable computerized device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart in sudden cardiac arrest.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA): An abrupt loss of heart function.
If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death
Why are AEDs important?:
Simply stated when someone suffers from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), for every minute that passes before defibrillation, (shocking the heart) the chances of survival decrease by 10%. The average time for EMS (ambulance arrival) is 11 minutes. You can do the math; this means almost certain death without the use of an AED.
How much does an AED cost?
AEDs cost anywhere from $1200.00 to $2900.00 The AED I recommend retails for $1695.00.
How does an AED work?
This is a very simple medical device designed to be used by non-medical people. It is small, portable and has voice prompts to walk you through every step of the process. The AED combined with high quality CPR significantly improves the chance of survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
What does the training involve?
The training averages 3-4 hours in length and can be done on or off site for groups of 1-20 people. There is no written test for layperson CPR and I take all the time necessary to assure each student has the necessary skills needed to perform CPR and AED use.
What liability will I have with owning an AED?
There is little liability with owning and operating an AED. The "Good Samaritan Act" covers those providing CPR, First Aid and use of an AED against liability. With the increasing public knowledge of AEDs and their increased presence and use, my guess is that we are going to see liability for those who choose not to provide them within their company.