This page contains information regarding Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) followed by pricing information about the AEDs and supplies we sell.
It has been estimated that over 450,000 people in the United States experience a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year. Because the majority of out-of-hospital SCAs occur in the home, a significant number of individuals die before ever reaching a hospital. The annual mortality figure from SCA is higher than the combined number of deaths from many other well-known causes of mortality, such as AIDS, breast cancer, prostate cancer, house fires, firearms, and traffic accidents. The AHA has estimated that 40,000 more lives could be saved annually if every community could achieve a 20% cardiac arrest survival rate.
The foremost concern by the medical profession in the public use of AED’s is that a shock could be administered to an individual who does not require it. However, the device is programmed to allow delivery of a shock only when the algorithm documents a rhythm (eg, VF or VT) that would be shockable. The devices currently used in PAD programs do not have an override mechanism, so the user does not have to be concerned about harming a patient by delivering an inappropriate shock.
Who Survives Cardiac Arrest? Cardiac arrest survivors have the following in common:
THE ROLE OF CPR & the AED
· CPR begun immediately and continued until defibrillation is available helps to circulate blood that contains oxygen to the brain and other vital organs.
· CPR is performed in conjunction with the use of an AED.
· CPR can help a cardiac arrest victim by circulating blood containing oxygen to the vital organs, but it DOES NOT correct the underlying heart problem.
· CPR increases the likelihood that a successful shock can be delivered to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), especially is more than 3 minutes have elapsed since the victim’s collapse. Using an AED promptly increases the chance of survival of cardiac arrest patients.
THE ROLE OF THE AED
· Early defibrillation is the third step in the cardiac Chain of Survival.
· SCA claims the lives of 220,000 people in the country every year – almost one every 2 minutes. A quarter of these deaths can be prevented if an AED is available at the time of the emergency. An AED is a small, portable device that automatically analyzes a heart’s rhythm.
· An AED is a device that analyzes the heart’s electrical rhythm and, if necessary, prompts the responder to deliver a shock to a person experiencing SCA.
· Defibrillation is a process of delivering an electrical shock that disrupts a heart’s electrical activity. This brief break from the previous electrical chaos can be enough for the heart to return to a normal rhythm.
HOW THE AED WORKS
· A microprocessor inside the defibrillator interprets (analyses) the victims heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes.
· The computer analyzes the heart rhythm and advises the responder whether a shock is needed
· A shock is advised in ventricular fibrillation, a state of totally disorganized electrical activity in the heart. It is also advised in ventricular tachycardia, a very rapid contraction of the ventricles.
· A shock is not advised if the heart has no electrical activity (asystole).
THE LAW AND AED’S
Cardiac Arrest Survivor’s Act (CASA)
· Passed by Congress in 2000
· Laypersons use of an AED is covered under the Good Samaritan Law.
· Federal facilities must have an AED
· Commercial planes in flight must have an AED
Texas Defibrillation Law
· Chapter 779.001-008
· All state buildings must have AED’s
· All schools where UIL athletic events take place must have an AED (2007 school year)
· The State of
· Businesses purchasing an AED must:
1. Train a cadre of their staff in CPR/AED (certification must remain current)
2. Register their AED will the local EMS system.
· The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Subcommittee and the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) identified early defibrillation, in the early 1990s as the single most important predictor of survival for individuals who experience SCA.
· Time to defibrillation corresponded with positive survival rates - patients who were defibrillated within 60 seconds of witness collapse approach 90%, within 3 minutes after a witnessed collapse, 74% survived to discharge from the hospital.
· For every minute that passes without defibrillation, it is estimated that the likelihood of SCA survival decreases by 10%.
· Survival rate decreased to 49% for those who were defibrillated after 3 minutes. The importance of early defibrillation was underscored by the fact that it took an average of 9.8 minutes for paramedics to arrive on the scene.
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