We have talked a lot recently about the need for more public access AEDs, but AED installation is just half of the equation for increased survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest patients. Training and awareness for the general public are two other key factors for improved outcomes.
A study released last week by the British Medical Journal, entitled “Improving the UK’s performance on survival after cardiac arrest”, investigated the current state of both AED placement and public preparedness. The study reinforces the efficacy of the “chain of survival” which requires early recognition of cardiac arrest, early CPR, early defibrillation, early advanced care, and integrated post-cardiac arrest care.
However, the study also found that only 1 of 13 adults surveyed said that would be comfortable using CPR or an AED during an emergency. We’re disappointed, but not completely surprised to learn that so few adults feel prepared to help save a life. We are so happy many states are recognizing the importance of CPR and AEDs by implementing training programs in schools, but we hope adults also up their emergency situation know-how. You are never too young or too old to learn CPR or how to use an AED.
You can enroll in a local training class with the Red Cross or American Heart Association, or you might consider asking your employer to set up a training class for your company. At AED.com, we are proud to offerfree online training to our customers. Whatever steps you choose to take, we hope you make an effort to ensure that you, your colleagues, and your family are ready to act when cardiac arrest strikes.