This month focuses on developing a plan and preparing for all types of emergencies or disasters that could potentially affect you and your family. If you are interested in getting more information on the topic, tips and resources are available from FEMA on Ready.gov to help you plan, prepare and be ready.
A situation we never want to happen, but always need to prepare for is Sudden Cardiac Arrest. SCA strikes 400,000 people of all ages annually which means AEDs fit perfectly into this preparedness realm. SCA is a real problem that happens to real people – husbands, wives, children, parents, peers, anybody – and AEDs are part of the solution to this problem. They are made for any type of facility to prepare for a cardiac event in the best way possible. Considering there are a lot of factors during an emergency that are simply out of our control, having an AED in case defibrillation is needed is something we can control.
Additionally, we cannot speak of AEDs and preparedness without bringing up CPR and the great weight it carries. During a cardiac emergency, CPR is what pushes the oxygenated blood from the heart in a time that the heart cannot do this essential job itself. If the brain does not get oxygenated blood it will not survive, so this step in the Chain of Survival is absolutely crucial.
There is no better time than now to prepare yourself for a cardiac event. Learning CPR and having an AED (or becoming an advocate to have one at your church, school, etc.) could literally save a life. #AEDsSaveLives #CPRSavesLives
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