It’s happened! Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) just struck in the person next to you, and they are in dire need of an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Luckily, you know where the AED is located, and it also has the ability to walk you through CPR. But as you grab this lifesaving device, the unthinkable happens — or rather, it doesn’t. The AED isn’t rescue ready. The device hasn’t been checked for preventative maintenance in years.
According to a study by UofL researchers, 21 percent of 322 AEDs at 190 public, non-hospital settings failed at least one phase of testing. Of that number, five percent had expired batteries, which would not allow them to work in a time of need.
Unfortunately, there are no required standards for the maintenance of AEDs or its registration. This makes the upkeep entirely voluntary for the AED carrier. Initially, the AED is registered with the vendor in order for the purchaser to receive updates on any recalls and advisories.
Cardio Partners offers preventative maintenance services to ensure your device is rescue ready. This helps to cut on costs of any unnecessary repairs or startling discoveries should it not work in a time of need. Preventative maintenance can help to guarantee a long lifetime for your piece of equipment; so that you can rest assured that is going to be ready in a time of need.
This past weekend, a baseball umpire in Liberty, MO was saved with an AED – a personal AED unit from Denise Henning’s car. During an afternoon of baseball games this past weekend, Denise was nearby when one of the umpire’s suddenly collapsed at the concession stand. Continue reading Get The AED From My Car!→
Earlier this month, 45-year-old Bill Hoppenrath collapsed at Coon Rapids Ice Center in Minnesota, where he is a member of a private hockey club. At the final minutes of a game, Hoppenrath suddenly experienced shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, and as he turned to pass the puck, fell to the ice. Fortunately, several of the members of the hockey club were off-duty or retired police officers, firefighters and paramedics trained in CPR and AEDs. Continue reading AED Save: Hockey Club Player Suffers SCA on the Ice→
As massive crowds pack into university gyms to root their basketball team towards the NCAA Tournament, being prepared should cover more than practicing man to man defense or last second buzzer beater shots—arenas should always have at least one AED on hand. Continue reading March Madness Begins→
Jill was a normal, active young girl whose life ended way too soon. She was ecstatic about being selected to be on her school’s cheerleading squad. One day at cheerleading practice, she collapsed and died instantly. The autopsy revealed that she had a heart abnormality that had never been detected. Needless to say, this was a tremendous shock to her family and friends (story by SCA-aware.org). An AED equipped with pediatric pads could have potentially saved Jill’s life. Continue reading Sudden Cardiac Arrest Can Occur In Kids→