Automated external defibrillators or AEDs are by far more influential on the survival rate of cardiac arrest patients than CPR.
Defibrillation is most effective immediately following a cardiac arrest episode. The average EMS response time is 11 minutes while brain damage generally occurs within the first five minutes. This means having a public access AED readily available can be the difference between life and death.
AEDs should be placed in high traffic
locations. AEDs can be kept in wall
mounted cabinets or in a carrying case
for easy transportation.
Anyone can be trained to use an AED.
Certification is available through the
American Heart Association and the
American Red Cross.
Medical oversight programs can be
affordably purchased. These programs
assist in creating an emergency plan
and reducing legal liability.
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