AEDs in Restaurants

AEDs in retail

Once people learn that AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are easy-to-use, straightforward, safe and not harmful they often ask “why aren’t AEDs in restaurants?” Well, it’s a fantastic question!
An AED is a life-saving device designed for a non-medical professional to save a life, in fact they are very often used by ordinary people. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs and death usually follows if it’s not treated within minutes. An AED (as you’ve likely seen in public places) uses voice and visual prompts to guide the responder through the steps of saving a life. Once the electrode pads are placed on the victim’s chest it analyzes the heart rhythm and determines if a defibrillation shock is needed. If the victim is not experiencing a heart arrhythmia the AED cannot deliver a shock.
Beyond the ease-of-use and safety of AEDs it’s interesting too that these life-saving devices have become much more affordable. Once over $2K or $3K each, AEDs can be found from popular online vendors like for less than $1,200. Most consider this price point to be a very small price to potentially protect and save a life.
There are over 600,000 restaurants in the United States and each one is at risk for a Sudden Cardiac Arrest to occur to a patron, employee, or other visitor on a given day. Some restaurant owners have recognized this important safety initiative and invested in life-saving devices. The vast majority of U.S. restaurants have not yet taken the step forward and it’s certainly puzzling why more of the large fast food chains or Nationwide bar & grills haven’t deployed. Not only would it be very practical to protect lives from the Nation’s biggest killer (SCA) but it would also send a strong message to employees and patrons that they care a lot about workplace & public safety.
To learn more about Automated External Defibrillators visit AED One-Stop Shop or call 855-677-AEDs. Experts at AED One-Stop Shop can consult with any restaurants or retail facilities seeking to protect lives.