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Public Defibrillators in the Community Setting

Communities large and small all over the U.S. are making investments in safety to protect their people from one of the Nation’s biggest killers, Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  The numbers are staggering just how many lives are suddenly and tragically lost to Cardiac Arrest, on an average it’s about 1,000 lives per day in the United States alone.  Equally troubling is that SCA does not discriminate affecting both men and women and even young school age lives.

So what are communities doing about it?  Individuals such as emergency managers, risk managers, human resources, safety officers and more are investing in easy-to-use Public Defibrillators.  Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs have been available for a decade a half and in that span they have become much easier to use due to technology advancements and they’ve also become more affordable with an average price now of about $1500.

Many misperceptions about AEDs still exist about who may use them, their safety, and their cost.  Despite those misunderstandings, adoption is increasing for cities, villages, townships, counties and state government.  These communities target the protection of their employees as well as places where people gather to help protect lives.  Public defibrillators are commonly placed in parks and recreation departments, city halls, courthouses, pools, libraries, schools, electric utilities as well as in first responder vehicles like PDs, FDs, Sheriffs, Marshals and VFDs.

AED One-Stop Shop Contact Us specializes in protecting lives in the Community Setting and we help to create well-designed Public Access to Defibrillation Programs.  Email us mailto:Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com for more details on how to do this and for detailed pricing.  Our experts help customers determine the best AED make and model for their program, develop training plans for CPR/AED certification and solutions to ensure the AEDs are maintained and ready for use when needed.  Call 855-677-2337 for a free needs assessment and for professional consultation.

We applaud all communities who are implementing these safety initiatives before there’s a crisis or lives lost.

How to Buy AED Defibrillators

Buying AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) is a sometimes difficult task as all consumers love getting value and a great deal but at the same time they must weigh that these are life-saving devices.  Here are a few general considerations to help determine the right AED to buy:

Purchase Price:  At AED One-Stop Shop we carry the leading brands of AEDs and our public defibrillators are reasonably priced from $1175 to $1699.  This price range is a great starting point but we also apply discounts for government, communities, schools, non-profits and some generous savings offered for quantity buys.

Cost of Ownership:  This term applies to the cost of purchasing consumables such as AED batteries and AED electrode pads.  Savvy consumers factor such costs in and project what they will pay over a decade of life of an AED or public defibrillator.

Ease-of-Use:  Being that AEDs are designed for use in public or workplace settings, customers often seek a device that is straightforward in its use and has prompts that guide even an untrained user to save a life.  All AEDs types boast different voice and visual prompts and they all are generally simple however some such features stand apart from others.

Reliability:  An AED is bought to protect lives and when the device is needed it must work and do so reliably.  Product warranties range between 5 and 10-years in duration.  Furthermore, all public defibrillators perform self-tests automatically to ensure they are ready for use.  Some brands provide more comprehensive testing checking more hardware and software and they each range in how frequently these are performed.

Technology:  Beyond the apparent look and obvious features, each brand delivers a shock in different ways.  A defibrillation waveform is the way life-saving therapy is delivered from the device to the sudden cardiac arrest victim.  Within the category of technology it is important that an AED be easily upgradable as CPR protocols change in the industry.

AED One-Stop Shop serves all 50 States and we approach AED sales differently.  We utilize our product knowledge to carefully assess whether LIFEPAK, Philips, ZOLL, HeartSine or Defibtech devices best fit the customers need.  And furthermore which model type within the brand or family of products.  Our goal is to make workplaces and communities safe and to ultimately contribute to lives being saved.  Call and speak with one of our experts by calling 855-677-2337 or emailing mailto:Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com.  If 2015 is the year you elect to protect lives with AEDs do so by partnering with AED One-Stop Shop.

AED Accessories Which Improve Survival

You’ve made the intelligent decision to protect lives with AEDs at your place of business or organization and perhaps you even have the brand and type of public defibrillator figured out.  But, what about the other accessories that might help to improve the chance of a sudden cardiac arrest survival?

Carry Cases:  Some AED manufacturers include these with the product but others do not.  These carry cases help protect the AED providing insolation and additional durability in the event the AED is dropped.  AED One-Stop Shop recommends you only buy brand name cases as they are designed with the device in mind and are made with great quality.  Some companies sell off brand cases to improve profitability but this may sacrifice some quality which may not be wise for a life-saving device purchase.

Hard Shell Cases:  For AED placement in vehicles, trucks and other outdoor applications customers often consider hard pelican-type cases.  These offer phenomenal protection from knocks, vibration and even from water.  One drawback to the hard shell cases is that it becomes necessary to open the cases to get a view of the AEDs readiness indicator and any audible chirp (as a result of a failed self-test) may be difficult to hear.

Wall Cabinets and Wall Brackets:  Under most circumstances an AED should be placed prominently and visibly within a facility.  AEDs are seldom ever stolen and a reluctance to place AEDs in a public place may diminish survival rates dramatically.  In other words if you can’t locate the life-saving devices you can’t save a life.  AED One-Stop Shop recommends strategic placement of your AEDs in wall cabinets or wall brackets, furthermore AHA suggests optimum placement which yields “drop to shock” times of 3 minutes or less.

Signage:  Let’s face it, many people aren’t aware of AEDs and they somehow pass by these without noticing them.  Clear signage can help.  A 3-dimensional or triangular wall sign should be placed above the cabinet or bracket so the sign and defibrillator can be seen from multiple directions.  In medium or large facilities which is equipped with multiple devices it is a good idea to utilize AED directional signs which point the rescuer left or right to closest direction of an AED.

Response Kits:  Sadly these items are often overlooked but these small kits include items which are integral to a rescue.  Rescue kits typically include scissors/shears to cut through clothing, a razor to shave a victim’s chest, and a one-way barrier bask for CPR, as well as wipes and other small items.  Like cases these are sometimes not included with the AED and must be purchased separately.

Spare Pads and Pediatric Pads:  Most AED manufacturers recommend an extra set of electrode pads to be stored in the carry case in the event that the preconnected electrodes not adhere or stick well to the chest.  Furthermore, AEDs do have pediatric capability in which they deliver therapy differently for a child of 55 pounds or less or 8-years or less.  This capability is typically only unlocked when pediatric electrodes are connected.

In short, there are many considerations to designing an AED program.  AED One-Stop Shop uses a different approach and that’s why you’ll never find prices or a shopping cart on our site.  Instead you simply call or email one of our experts and we’ll guide you through product selection, recommended accessories, and even training and program management.  We advise you with your employees interests in mind, not our own.  Call 855-OSS-AEDS or click here Contact Us to send an email.

AEDs in Schools

It’s well established that young Americans are at alarming risk to Sudden Cardiac Arrest with approximately 7,000 deaths of school age children each year in the U.S. These very tragic and most sudden losses occur in athletics, on the playground, in the hallway and just about anywhere on a schools property. It has taken far too long and far too many losses of young lives to initiate change and to implement school AED mandates.

These tragic deaths can be prevented or at least minimize conducting heart screenings for students. Beyond those efforts it is imperative that schools implement AED programs which including deploying life-saving AED defibrillators along with CPR/AED training for faculty and staff.

According to the SCAF (Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation) the following are the States who have implemented mandates:

• Alabama: Public schools serving grades K-12
• Arkansas: Schools
• Connecticut: All schools, higher education athletic departments
• Florida: All public high schools offering athletics
• Georgia: All public high schools
• Hawaii: All public and private schools including colleges
• Kentucky: Public and private schools and their athletic events
• Louisiana: Any institution of higher education that competes in athletics, high schools with interscholastic athletics, if funding is available
• Maine: Schools serving grades K-12 and at school-sponsored athletic events
• Maryland: Schools and school-sponsored athletic events
• Massachusetts: All public schools
• Nevada: Public schools
• New Jersey: All public and private K-12 schools
• New York: Schools
• North Dakota: Public and private schools
• Oregon: Public and private schools, colleges and schools of higher education
• South Carolina: High schools
• Tennessee: Public schools
• Texas: All schools, including charter schools.

Bravo to all the States who have implemented legislation for Automated External Defibrillators as well as all those districts who have invested in these devices because it’s the right thing to do. A standard of care has been established through the adoption of public defibrillators and it’s wonderful to hear the growing number of stories about teachers and staff saving young lives with early CPR and early defibrillation.

Here at AED One-Stop Shop we have a special focus on helping to create well-designed AED programs for public, charter and private schools. And by well-designed we mean that the placement of AEDs is ample for each school so that response times can be less than 3 minutes. We also mean that the AEDs checked for readiness and that those results are tracked and documented. And lastly, that employees are trained to minimize any intimidation factor and increase their general competence and confidence in using the life-saving device. For help and guidance call 855-677-2337 and learn more by watching this very short Video about AEDs. And if you’ve already purchased AEDs but lack in some areas of the program, we can help you too.

Solid Logic behind Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD)

SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) is the leading cause of death in the United States. It strikes people of all ages and fitness levels. When SCA strikes the one factor effecting survival more than any other is the timely application of defibrillation.

While contacting emergency personal should always be the first step in SCA response and CPR can and should be administered as quickly as possible, it is only by defibrillation that they heart can be restarted and returned to its proper beat pattern.

AEDs

AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are electronic devices that can be located where first responders, either professional or laypeople, can have access to them and provide lifesaving shocks to the victims of SCA and heart attack.

AEDs are easy-to-use medical devices that have the ability to analyze a person’s cardiac activity and determine if defibrillation is required. They use voice and visual prompts to walk a first responder through the steps that are best advised for the victim. These may include prompts for preforming CPR, aiding in the proper timing of chest compressions and rescue breaths. Many have found this to be of great assistance when under the stress of trying to save a life.

Public Access

With the prevalence of SCA events it is only logical that the lifesaving technology that AEDs be made available to public access. The AHA (American Heart Association) recommends that all areas such as malls, sports arenas, office buildings, communities, airports, or any other area with high traffic should be equipped with AEDs.

With little or no training an AED has the only true potential to save the life of a person in cardiac arrest. Response times from medical personal, on average, takes too much time and with the victim’s chances of survival dropping at a rate of 7-10 percent per minute, seconds count.

Bearing all of these facts in mind making AEDs available in public areas is not really a matter for debate but a logical solution to an ever growing problem.

AED Defibrillator Quick Facts

AEDs are Automated External Defibrillators and they are designed for public use, in other words you can save a life with one.

Here’s a task for you that could add to your awareness of where public defibrillators are and aren’t, and just maybe this could contribute to a life being saved.  Simply look around when you go through your day-to-day life, are there AEDs in your gym or health club?  What about your workplace?  What about your church?  Your kid’s sports or activities? Your local grocery store?  Is there an AED at your coffee shop or favorite restaurant?

Here are some interesting facts that you should know:

AEDs are not expensive: the average cost is down to about $1500 and a decade ago the cost was sometimes double that.  A small price to protect lives, right?

Defibrillators are safe:  they utilize wonderful technology and their algorithms determine if a shock is needed by analyzing the victim’s heart rhythm.

Automated External Defibrillators are designed to be easy:  they use voice prompts to tell you what to do in a step-by-step approach.  Often they have visual prompts which complement the voice by showing you what to do.

AED laws are on your side:  State Good Samaritan Laws protect responders and their organizations when they use an AED and deliver CPR.  Also the AED manufacturers have indemnification policies which protect you in the very remote chance the defibrillator fails.

We hope you found these quick facts useful.  AED One-Stop Shop has gaining popularity because we aim to deliver world-class customer service.  We help our clients who are considering investing in these life-saving devices, but they many times don’t know how to go about choosing the AED type and how to accomplish employee training.  Contact AED One-Stop Shop to discuss your needs or go to purchaseAEDs.com if you prefer to shop online and buy AED defibrillators and or accessories that way.

Are you equipped with AED Defibrillators?

2015 is upon us and it is our hope that it’s a wonderfully productive and rewarding year for your organization, and a safe one too!  January is a perfect month to look at your safety protocols and procedures to ensure complete readiness. Are you aware of AEDs? Have you considered AED defbrillators as part of your plans?

Are you AED-equipped?  If your organization has not yet invested in Automated External Defibrillators, then it’s certainly time to bring a proposal to your very next safety or staff meeting.  These easy-to-use life-saving devices are more affordable than ever, Good Samaritan Laws and manufacturer indemnification policies provide liability protection, and it is simply the right thing to do to protect your staff, customers, visitors, students and others.

Is your AED coverage sufficient?  For those that have AEDs already it is wise to look at facilities to determine if your placement of devices is enough to minimize respond times.  The American Heart Association guideline encourages AED placement that yields “drop to shock” response times of 3 minutes or less.  Also do your AED locations appear on evacuation maps and other such facility maps?

Are your AEDs ready to save a life?  Can you confidently say that every AED has a functional battery, non-expired pads, and that each device passed its most recent self-test?  Those with a Program Management solution in place like PlusTrac, StatPads, Readiness Systems or Annuvia in place can likely answer that question quickly and affirmatively.  Tracking software is a wonderful idea whether you manage few or many AEDs since it creates a reliable system for ensuring that every device is in a readiness state when you need it most.

Are your people prepared?  Do you have a response team in place to respond to an emergency?  What percentage of your employees are CPR/AED certified?  As your organization experiences employee attrition and new employee hiring it is wise to check on your CPR rosters.  Both AHA and American Red Cross curriculum have a 2-year certification and then it’s time to renew.  It may also be a good idea to try a new instructor once in a while as this can help keep the class content fresh and the attention of your staff for the 3 hour class.

AED One-Stop Shop is proud to offer multiple leading brands of AEDs and also Program Management and CPR training solutions.  If you’d like more recommendations or would like to share the results of your January 2015 audit, we’d be happy to talk workplace safety with you.  Call us at 855-OSS-AEDS / 855-677-2337. Buy AEDs online at www.purchaseAEDs.com. Or email us at Saban@AEDOneStopShop.com.

The Public Access Defibrillator or AED

There are numerous foundations, advocacy groups and champions who work effortlessly to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest death and the need for Automated External Defibrillators in every workplace and every place that people gather.  Their aim is to make people safe from cardiac arrest which averages a thousand lives lost each day, not to mention those family members, friends or colleagues impacted by the loss.  In order to meet this objective we must raise awareness about these startling statistics and overcome myths and misperceptions about defibrillators.  Common misunderstandings or objections about these life-saving devices include:

“We don’t have medical personnel to operate a defibrillator”

“We have a young staff and are not at risk”

“We can’t afford AEDs”

“We don’t want the risk of a law suit”

“We would end up causing harm and shock someone who doesn’t need it”

With a little reading on the subject an individual with such misperceptions would likely soon reverse their stance.  They’d become confident that they actually should invest in protecting lives and creating a “heart safe” environment at their office, school, church or even their home.  One would quickly learn that the AED is designed and manufactured with not just the professional rescuer in mind but actually the everyday, ordinary individual.  With visual and voice prompts the devices instruct the rescuer as to the specific steps of saving a life including delivering good CPR.  An AED once connected to the victim’s chest through small pads called electrodes analyzes their heart rhythm only delivering a shock if one is absolutely necessary.  Each brand and model on the market has been approved by the FDA and is considered most safe.  State Good Samaritan Laws and indemnification policies provided by the makers of the life-protecting defibrillators protect those who buy and use them.  And once people learn that with advancements in technology Automated External Defibrillators can be purchased for sometimes not much more than $1200 they are suddenly inspired to make the investment in the safety of their people.

AED One-Stop Shop strives to help overcome some of the customer concerns that are common.  We utilize a very consultative approach to show customers how AEDs work and how they differ.  If you shared some of these objections to getting AEDs or even training your employees in CPR then perhaps it’s time to investigate further.  Check out his short video AED One-Stop Shop and then contact us over the phone or via email here Contact a Consultant.  These actions could lead to lives being saved and just perhaps your own.  Once your armed with the knowledge consider protecting lives at work, schools, community, kids sporting teams and clubs, RVs, homes and cabins.

Churches and Public Defibrillators (AEDs)

Many churches and places of worship are investing in AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators along with CPR to help protect the lives of their congregation, staff and visitors.  Is your church prepared for an emergency event such as sudden cardiac arrest?  This deadly killer takes a staggering 1,000 lives per day on average in the U.S. alone.  Workplaces, communities and public settings should be proactive and churches should certainly do the same by getting equipped with life-protecting AEDs.  These easy-to-use devices are designed to be used by the lay-rescuer and their voice and visual prompts guide the rescuer through the process of saving a life.  It is important to note that these FDA-approved devices are safe in that they simply can’t deliver a shock to a patient not in need of the therapy, this fact usually comforts those who are just learning about AEDs for the first time.  Whether a church is small in size of membership or considered medium or large in this category it is critical the church leadership become knowledgeable about these public defibrillators and the CPR training and certification that should accompany them.

Many churches are active far beyond their weekend services with activities occurring on most every day of the week.  Some places of worship have a school or academy associated with them or adjoining their facilities, this certainly increases the importance of becoming equipped so the young lives at the school can be protected too.  In order to assess how many AEDs to purchase the church should be aiming for a drop to shock timeframe of 3 minutes or less.  This means that if an individual were to drop at any place on the premises the rescuer should ideally be able to get from the victim to the AED and back within 180 seconds walking briskly.  For a small church one AED may be sufficient while other large church campuses might need 5 or more to adequately protect lives.

Once church leadership has decided that they indeed want to buy AEDs they often struggle with the decision as to which one is best for their needs.  AED One-Stop Shop utilizes a consultative approach to assess specific needs and expertly recommend one of the 20 or so models they provide.  All AEDs are certainly not alike, they range in price, warranties, cost of maintenance and most importantly the features which can play a huge role in whether a friend to the church is revived or not.  AED One-Stop Shop is proud to have assisted many churches with this selection process.  Beyond the purchase itself we can also help with CPR training and certification for the internal response team, AED accessories like cabinets and signage, and services that bring the church into compliance with the State AED and Good Samaritan Laws.  Do contact us at 855-OSS-AEDS for help whether you’re protecting lives for the first time or wish to improve your emergency preparedness.

Defibrillate Quickly with AEDs

Those that are familiar with AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) know that access to rapid defibrillation is a critical part of the Chain of Survival. Many realize that CPR training along with AEDs are crucial.  According to the American Heart Association there are 5 links to this chain which are as follow:

• Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system

• Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions

• Rapid defibrillation

• Effective advanced life support

• Integrated post-cardiac arrest care

Time is absolutely of the essence when it comes to rescuing a life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  In the world of AEDs it most important that the public defibrillator delivers therapy promptly.  There are many contributing factors to this efficiency such as how close is the AED?  How quickly is it retrieved?  What skill and training does the rescuer possess?  How long does it take to follow the prompts and place the pads / electrodes on the chest?  How long does the AED take to analyze, determine if shock is required, charge and deliver defibrillation therapy?

This short article isn’t intended to endorse one brand of AED over another but instead to emphasize that ease-of-use features and overall technology should be of high consideration in the process of choosing an AED type for your organization.  There are published studies which examine usability and speed to rescue for certain AED types and these are typically done with the untrained responder or lay person.  It is crucial to keep in mind that though managing a budget is important and buying AEDs affordably is key, we are talking about life-saving devices.

It’s a great idea to become knowledgeable about the features of an AED and the way it prompts and coaches the rescuer through the process.  Seeing a live demo of the AED or even a video can be most helpful as well as reading up on the product brochures.  All buyers of these devices certainly hope they are never needed but in that chaotic moment when someone drops, be sure your company or organization is equipped with AEDs which have right technology to help save that precious life.

AED One-Stop Shop employs a consultative approach to ensure you indeed get the right AED and right plan for readiness.  Call 855-OSS-AEDS to discuss or visit AED One-Stop Shop. If you need CPR in a hurry, try this useful link http://www.purchaseaeds.com/product-tag/cpraed-training-certification/