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CPR and AED Defibrillators

If you’ve invested in or are shopping for AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) then you know these amazing life-saving devices are very easy-to-use.  Their voice prompts guide the rescuer through the rescue and those AEDs with visual prompts show the responder what to do.  Because of the straightforward operation of these simple medical devices, we are often asked why training is needed.  In short, CPR/AED training and certification is a wonderful idea to bring an AED program to life and in numerous States it’s required.  AED One-Stop Shop offers the AEDs and the CPR Training in your City.

Here’s a brief description of what CPR is and does.  CPR is an emergency procedure performed in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. It is indicated in those who are unresponsive with no breathing or abnormal breathing.

CPR involves chest compressions at least 2 inches deep and at a rate of at least 100 per minute in an effort to create artificial circulation by manually pumping blood through the heart and thus the body. The rescuer may also provide breaths by either exhaling into the subject’s mouth or nose or using a device that pushes air into the subject’s lungs. Current recommendations place emphasis on high-quality chest compressions over artificial respiration; a simplified CPR method involving chest compressions only is recommended for untrained rescuers.

The American Heart Association, Red Cross and other trusted CPR curriculum now include a significant portion of the CPR on the use of public defibrillators or AEDs.  In a good quality class, the participants will get ample time to simulate use of the AED and delivery of CPR on a manikin.

Whether CPR training in tandem with AED deployment is required or not in your State, we at AED One-Stop Shop are strong advocates for the training of life-saving skills.  Workplace employees become far more at ease and confident with the technology and in our experience are far more likely to be willing to participate in a rescue.

Contact Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or 855-OSS-AEDs and we’ll advise you about AEDs, CPR, and other requirements in your State like Program Management and Medical Direction.

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.

Do You Have AEDs or a Complete AED Program?

That you have invested in Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) could be the difference between an employee, student, customer, athlete, or visitor living or dying on the premises of your organization.  For those that have taken the steps to proactively equip themselves with these small and easy-to-use life-saving devices, you should be commended.  This action makes a statement and displays that you care.

There is, however, more to a truly outstanding AED Program than purchasing devices alone.  What good for instance are the AEDs if ones employees are intimidated about using them?  What could be the consequence of an AED not working correctly in an emergency situation due to a dead battery?  To create a “heart safe environment” there are other products and services that could better your AED Program and your overall readiness.

 

Below are a few industry terms that are described simply and plainly:

Medical Direction / Medical Oversight – A physician agrees to oversee your AED Program ensuring that a protocol is in place and the program is well designed.  This physician will typically review the data from the AED when it is used for a rescue.  Medical Direction is required in some States and encouraged in others.

Medical Prescription – This should not be confused with Medical Direction.  It is simply a paper or digital prescription certificate to authorize an AED for your organization.  Some manufacturers include a prescription with the device while others charge a nominal fee.

CPR/AED Training & Certification – An authorized CPR instructor trains employees in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and use of an AED.  This is typically a 3 hour course in which students get training materials, use of an AED trainer and manikin, and receive a 2 – year certification.  Students gain confidence in the use of an AED and take these important life-saving skills with them to their homes and communities.

Maintenance Audits & Tracking – To ensure AEDs are fully functional when they are needed most, an organization should check their AEDs status periodically, most often monthly.  An inspection of the AED should include checking of the pads, battery and AED status indicator.  This important audit information should be recorded diligently and there is fantastic industry specific software which helps do so efficiently.

Service Contracts & Maintenance Visits – This is where a professional of some type checks your AEDs about once a year and completes routine maintenance of the equipment.  These are declining in popularity due to the expense and also that the AEDs complete quite vigorous self-testing of their components.  If you have a tracking system in place like the one described above the visits aren’t really necessary, but occasionally a customer enjoys the peace of mind it gives them.

EMS Registration – This is a paper or digital form that is submitted to your local EMS agencies that informs them of the specific locations of your organization’s AEDs.

Post-Event Services – When an AED is used (whether the outcome is positive or not) the data should be downloaded from the device (using a communication cord, data card and software) and reviewed by a Medical Director or treating Hospital.  Post-Event Services are offered to the client to take care of the download, review, transfer of data and often with a replacement AED offered so the client is not without a working AED for long.

 

I hope you found these descriptions useful.  AED One-Stop Shop offers these services from the very best specialists in the industry.  We can bundle a package of services and sometimes we can offer services on an a la carte basis.  Customers who have invested in some or all of these services find that their AED Program runs smoothly and that they are not burdened with the management of the program all by themselves.  Such systems empower employee contacts at each site and give them roles and responsibilities.  Even more than the organization and efficiency that Program Management provides, the raise the likelihood of lives being saved as a result of the organizational readiness.  If you’ve invested in AED but have yet to consider Program Management from AED One-Stop Shop, contact us right away by clicking here:   AED One-Stop Shop (one partner. all solutions.)