Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. People of all ages — from infants to teens to older adults — can experience sudden cardiac arrest without warning. This means a cardiac arrest emergency could happen to you or someone nearby while you’re at work, at the gym, at a restaurant or anywhere people gather.
Therefore, it’s crucial that all businesses and public spaces be prepared with an on-site AED.
Watch Samuel Scheller, paramedic and owner of HSI Training Center Guardian Elite Medical Services, reflect on the benefits of having an AED on site at a business or workplace.
AEDs improve outcomes
Without using an AED, most cardiac arrest victims will not survive. Previous studies and data analysis show:
People are more likely to survive a cardiac arrest if a bystander uses a defibrillator while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.
1,700 additional lives were saved each year (2011-2015) in the U.S. from bystander use of defibrillators.
Every minute counts during sudden cardiac arrest. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed, the chances of survival decrease by 10%. After 10 minutes, survival in adults in unlikely.
AEDs are easy-to-use and affordable
Trained and untrained bystanders can provide lifesaving measures during a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. AEDs are designed to be easy-to-use by anyone who can follow visual and voice prompts.
This means employees, customers and other bystanders can quickly jump into action and provide a lifesaving shock, even if they’ve never encountered an AED before.
There are a variety of AEDs on the market to fit your business’ needs and budget. Although there are many features to consider, the truth is the best AED is the closest one.
So, bottom line: Provide an AED, save a life.
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