Having a complete and dedicated AED Program provides the backbone of Life Saving Emergency ResponseBy Chris Metcalfe, B.A. EMT-P, and Edward Wasser B.A., M.D. D.A.A.P.M.
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are becoming quite common in workplaces and public places across North America. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada along with major US Medical Response organizations (Red Cross, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) all encourage the placement of AEDs where use can be provided within 3 minutes of a cardiac event.
Identifying risk factors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a relatively new field of medicine. Not a subject often found outside Medical Journals and in professional publications. But there is important information for parents and the community to hear which will help prevent many Sudden Cardiac Deaths (SCD).
We know that for every minute after a person’s heart stops from cardiac arrest there is a 10 percent drop in the survival rate, but did you know that AEDs used in conjunction with CPR feedback devices may further reduce survival rates, because CPR must be stopped to place the CPR feedback pads? The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has recommended that AEDs are put in place to ensure that a life-saving shock can be administered within three minutes of a person’s heart stopping. When this 3 minute drop-to-shock time is achieved, greater than 70% of patients survive. Prior to the introduction of AEDs in public and work places, the survival rate was less than 5%.
Having an AED at your business or other facility is rapidly becoming the norm, but do you understand AED maintenance requirements? For many people this means hanging the AED on a wall after purchase and forgetting about it until it starts beeping, or lights start flashing a warning that something isn’t right with the AED. But grabbing the AED in a life-threatening situation and finding that it doesn’t work can have devastating consequences.
On a regular basis MediQuest receives reports from customers that they have used their AED to save a life. So far in January 2019 we have had six reported AED uses and 4 lives were saved as a result of the quick lifesaving work of the on-site responders.