You will have seen an automated external defibrillator (AED) used in movies and on television, mostly when emergency medical personnel have been contacted and need to restart an individual’s heart to help them live. Do you know if your organization has one of these; have employees been trained to use an AED cabinet and where is the location of your AED cabinet?
AED Can Save Lives
Being able to administer an electric
shock, through your chest and direct to your heart may be the
difference between keeping the individual alive before emergency
personnel arrives or the worst possible scenario happens.
They are designed to strengthen the
chain of survival by restoring the heartbeat to a normal rhythm when
an individual suffers sudden cardiac arrest. For each minute that
passes without the equipment being removed from your AED cabinet and
used effectively, the chances of survival are rapidly reduced.
Unfortunately, not all heart attacks occur in a hospital where expensive equipment and well-trained individuals can help save lives quickly and efficiently. Having an automated external defibrillator standing securely in an AED cabinet could prevent the death of a fellow employee or a visitor.
You may know that police, flight
attendants, and some security guards are trained to use the
equipment, but organizations are able to link closely with companies
that supply this equipment to train several individuals effectively
so that they are available to help should the circumstances arrive.
Where more people have been properly
trained in using the equipment, many more individuals may be saved
using the equipment and increasing survival timings and rates.
Being trained in advance in the use
of this equipment removes the level of panic that may often occur
when an individual becomes ill, and emergency services are required.
The apparatus is designed to lead you through the process by using
voice prompts, lights and messages so that accurate information about
the individual can be ascertained and the decision made about whether
and how the equipment should be used.
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