1. What is an AED and how does it work? An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a portable, battery operated electronic device about the size of a laptop computer. The AED automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a victim and is able to treat the patient by an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. AEDs are designed to be simple so that anyone can use one. So simple that I often start my classes by selecting someone from the class that has never seen an AED and I ask them to demonstrate how to use an AED by following the AEDs voice instructions. To date, the youngest person to effectively demonstrate the AED in one of my classes was 9 years old.
2. Why should I buy an AED? In June of 2009 Michael Jackson died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in June of 2008 Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet The Press also died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest claims about 340,000 lives each year – or around 930 every day in the United States. Sudden cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death in the United States kills more people than breast cancer, lung cancer, and AIDS combined. Currently 95 percent of all cardiac arrest victims die.
3. How expensive are AEDs? AEDs range in price from about $1,200 to about $1,800. Although this is not inexpensive it is invaluable if it saves your life or the life of a friend, family member or coworker. Buying a used AED or buying an AED from a salesperson that has little or no knowledge about the AED is never a good idea. These are life saving devices – if they fail, your patient dies.
4. Who should purchase an AED? Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are becoming more popular and can be found in many public places. FAA regulations require commercial aircraft that fly passengers to have AEDs on board. In Florida dental offices are required by law to have AEDs as are public schools. You will also find AEDs in many restaurants, health clubs, hotels, casinos, cruise ships, sports stadiums, malls, condo and homeowners associations, movie theaters and a variety of other locations.
5. What are the benefits of owning an AED? Without the AED the chances of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside of a hospital setting are very small – less than 5%. However, if the AED is applied to the victim quickly their odds increase to about 70% - 90%.
6. Placement and Availability of AEDs Automated external defibrillators are events or are public access units which can be found often found in public places including corporate and government offices, shopping centres, airports, restaurants, casinos, hotels, banks, sports stadiums, schools and universities, community centers, fitness centers, health clubs, churches, auto dealerships, dental offices, workplaces and any other location where people may congregate.
7. Why do you need an AED program in the workplace? Sudden Cardiac Arrest accounts for 13% of on-the-job fatalities. OSHA has indicated the importance of AEDs and encourages the use of these live saving devices in the workplace. With the cost of AEDs starting at just $1,200 it’s a small price to pay for saving a life.
8. What does OSHA indicate about AEDs? "Because the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can save the lives of workers who experience cardiac arrest while on the job, OSHA today encouraged employers to consider making this equipment available in their workplace." - US Department of Labor, Office of Public Affairs, Dec. 17, 2001
9. What about Federal Laws regarding the use of AEDs? The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) of 2000 is our nation's first legislation recognizing the lifesaving role played by automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The law highlights the need to make AEDs accessible to anyone who has had proper training, not just professional medical personnel. The law protects trained AED users from liability, and also protects any person who has maintained the device, provided training, tested the device or acquired it. The law also augments existing state "Good Samaritan" laws by ensuring federal liability protection for trained users and purchasers of AEDs.
10. Liability - Am I safer with or without an AED? Florida is a very litigious state. Attorneys are advertising everywhere and many people view filing lawsuits as hitting the lottery. But not having an AED may put you at greater than owning one. The increasing number of AEDs in public places, coupled with the fact that AEDS dramatically increase cardiac arrest survival rates may establish a standard of care. If the property down the road has an AED program in place to save lives, why doesn’t your property offer the same protection?
Signed into federal law in 2000, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) provides limited immunity from civil liability for those who acquire or use an AED if the state has not otherwise granted immunity for such persons under other statutes.
11. Will my health insurance cover an Automated External Defibrillator or AED? There are some medical conditions that may meet the criteria for medical necessity for an Automated External Defibrillator. If a physician determines that the Automated External Defibrillator is medically necessary, a letter written on the physician’s letterhead may help an insurance carrier or other payer to understand the patient’s situation. Please note - Due to the wide range of health insurance policies and patient conditions, The CPR School cannot guarantee that an insurance company will cover or pay for your AED.
12. Already own an AED and need a new AED battery or electrode pads? We sell AED batteries and AED electrodes pads for you AED. Medtronic Physio Control CR Plus Charge-Pak 3201616-002, Medronic Physi Control Battery Pak 3005380-026, Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Battery 9146-001, Powerheart Adult Pads 9131-001, Heartsine Samaritan Battery and Pad (PadPak) Pad-Pak-01, Defibtech Lifeline AED Battery DCF-200, Defibtech AED Adult Pads Electrodes DDP-100, Philips OnSite Adult Smart Pads M5071A, Philips OnSite Pediatric/Child Smart Pads M5072A, Philips OnSite frx Standard Battery M5070A, Philips FRX Smart Pads II 989803139261, Philips FR2 Adult Defibrillator Pads 989803158211, Zoll AED Plus CPR-D Padz 8900-0800-01, Zoll AED Plus Pedi-Padz II 8900-0810-01 and Welch Allyn
Keith Murray, owner of The CPR School in Jupiter Florida adds, "The AED that you purchase might save your life. Make certain that everyone who as access to the AED has been properly trained by a skilled instructor that has actually used CPR and AEDs in real life saving situations.” Murray, a Florida firefighter EMT recently used an AED in the Atlanta airport to save a travelers life. The victim went into cardiac arrest, one of the passengers started CPR compressions, another rescue breathing, and Murray turned on the Medtronic Physio Control AED, applied the pads to the patients chest, pressed the shock button and it worked. The patient started breathing and is alive today because of the quick use of an AED.
To learn more about Automated External Defibrillator AED Sales, Consulting and CPR AED training, please visit http://www.TheCPRSchool.com or call Keith Murray at 561-762-0500