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Public Access Rescue Ready AEDs

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.

Summer Safety Tips

 

Summer is a season filled with sunshine, barbecues, and recreational swimming! Whether in a pool at home, at a friend’s, at the lake or the ocean, many kids and adults choose swimming as a top recreational activity each summer.

Water safety is top priority for many parents for good reason. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4. Though prevention is key, knowing how to perform CPR could save a life, like in this recent story of a 6th grader saving her friend by performing CPR after nearly drowning.


Staggering Swimming Stats:

  • About 91 million people over the age of 16 swim in oceans, lakes, and rivers each year in the United States.
  • More than half of fatal and nonfatal drownings among those 15 years and older occurred in natural water settings, including lakes, rivers and oceans.
  • In the U.S. alone, there are 10.4 million residential pools and 309,000 public swimming facilities (according to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals).
  • Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.

Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) involves performing cycles of chest compressions and providing rescue breaths. For an unconscious person who is not breathing, a rescuer providing quality chest compressions does the work of the heart and lungs, circulating oxygen-rich blood to the brain, keeping vital organs alive and preserving brain function.

Anyone can perform CPR, however with training, potential rescuers are better prepared, more confident and more efficient at providing high-quality CPR.

Hands-only CPR:
Three easy steps to remember when performing hands-only CPR.

Ensure the scene is safe and call 911

Shout “Are you okay?” If unresponsive, immediately begin CPR

Press the heel of one hand on the chest, and place your other hand on top of the first and begin compressions pushing hard and fast at the rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute

Think “Staying Alive, Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme song), Sweet Home Alabama and Dancing Queen. All have a rhythm of 100 beats per minute.


Water Safety & Drowning Prevention

Learn to Swim
1. Make certain everyone in your family know how to swim well.
2. Enroll young children in formal swimming lessons as soon as age-appropriate.

Preparation
1. Teach children to ask for permission to go near water.
2. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear life jackets.
3. Use the buddy system, never let anyone swim alone.

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water
1. Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool.
2. Remove access to above-ground pools such as ladders and outdoor furniture when pool is not in use.

Maintain Close Supervision
1. Maintain a constant watchful eye on kids, even if a lifeguard is present.
2. Stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when you are supervising.

 

DXE Medical PMA Series – Part 3: Where You Buy is Important

DXE building

Are you curious why non-Pre-Market Approved devices are being so heavily discounted?

To view devices that are still compliant to the FDA’s ruling and the PMA, click here.

Q: Why are some distributors still selling these devices in the U.S.?
A: Great Question. The FDA has taken the position that AED devices that have NOT filed for the PMA approval should NOT be sold in the U.S. market.As a result, it is our opinion that anyone purchasing one of these devices is opening themselves up to liability. Continue reading DXE Medical PMA Series – Part 3: Where You Buy is Important

13-Year-Old YouTube Star Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Caleb Logan

On October 1st, a seemingly healthy 13-year-old boy, Caleb, died from an undiagnosed heart condition that led to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). His unexpected passing has garnered mass media attention due to his internet fame status and the cause of his death. Continue reading 13-Year-Old YouTube Star Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

From Pub Trivia to CPR Save

Pub Save

Recently, at the Old Bundy Tavern in Australia, Wednesday night pub trivia turned into a CPR rescue situation in the blink of an eye.

Tracee Houlahan was sitting at a table for trivia night one moment and the next, people started to get worried. “There was a lady slumped over in her chair.” “Her partner and friends were trying to wake her but she kept losing consciousness and her complexion was changing.” Continue reading From Pub Trivia to CPR Save

Maryland Officer Saves 9-Month Old with CPR

9-month old saved by CPR

Kenzlee Mae Cushman, the 9-month-old girl you see in the picture, was saved by Officer James Herman of the Montgomery County Police Department recently. When Kenzlee’s grandparents were driving with her down the highway, they noticed their granddaughter having a seizure, which then lead to her not breathing. Kenzlee’s grandparents pulled over on the side of the road where Officer Herman was nearby writing a motorist ticket. Continue reading Maryland Officer Saves 9-Month Old with CPR