How Will an AED Prompt Me During Use?

How Will an AED Prompt Me During Use?

An AED is needed when sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs causing the heart to stop beating. There is a 5-minute window from when the victim collapses to when shock from an AED must be applied for the victim to survive. AEDs can be fully automatic or semi-automatic with the main difference being how the shock is applied. Regardless of which AED you are using, both offer visual and/or audio prompts to guide you.

Fully Automatic AEDs

A Fully Automatic AED reads a victim’s underlying heart rhythm and if they have a shockable rhythm the AED will administer a shock automatically. It will not shock the victim if they do not need it. The automatic version of the AED was created with the intention of reducing the delay in administering the shock by those who may not be comfortable pressing the shock button.

Semi-Automatic AEDs

A Semi-Automatic AED will read the victim’s underlying heart rhythm and if they have a shockable rhythm, it will prompt the rescuer to push the shock button to administer the shock. Just like the fully automatic AED, a semi-automatic AED will not prompt the shock button to be pushed if the shock is not needed.

How AED Prompts Work

Using an AED can be intimidating but fortunately they come with visual and/or audio prompts to help you feel more comfortable and confident using one. Nearly every AED regardless of it being fully automatic or semi-automatic offer visual prompts in the form of large graphics or iconography that demonstrate how to use the AED. They also will visually show you how to administer CPR. In semi-automatic AEDs, audio prompts will instruct the user how to use the AED and will tell you when to administer the shock button.

AED packages with great visual and audio cues include the HeartSine Samaritan AED Business Package or the ZOLL AED Plus Business Package.

AEDs are important because SCA can happen at any time, anywhere and at any age. Rescuers will not always be prepared but can be confident in helping to save a victim’s life through the help of an AEDs visual and audio cues.

5 reasons you need a Business AED Package

5 reasons you need a Business AED Package

Employee safety should always be top-of-mind for any business. When it comes to safety keeping an AED package onsite in the workplace can keep employees safe but may ultimately save a life. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can occur at any time, so it is important for your business to always be prepared.

#1. Easy to Use

AEDs are easy to use and come with both visual and audio cues to get you through an emergency situation. To ensure the AED is beneficial to your business, our packages are compact, lightweight, portable, battery-operated, have multi-language capability, have a Wi-Fi connection and are safe to use. When choosing a package be sure to add on pediatric pads if children are frequently present.

#2. SCA Can Happen at Any Time

SCA can occur at work due to a heart attack, electrocution, or asphyxiation, just to name a few. AEDs should be placed appropriately to allow for a response time in 3-5 minutes as well as:

  • Areas where many people work close together
  • Where electric-powered devices are used
  • Outdoor worksites
  • Health units
  • Fitness areas

Studies have shown that only 50% of employees can locate the AED in their workplace so it is important to ensure your employees know all AED locations.

#3. Survival Odds Increase

An AED increases the survival odds because they can be used before emergency medical service (EMS) arrive. Studies have shown that using an AED immediately have a 60% survival one year after SCA. Of the SCA deaths that occur each year, more than 95% of the victims die before they reach the hospital. When care is provided within five to seven minutes, including early treatment with an AED, survival rates can improve dramatically.

#4. 10,000 SCAs Occur in the Workplace Each Year

There are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the United States, with nearly 10,000 occurring in the workplace. Less than 10% of victims often survive. Having an AED onsite can make your workplace safer and can mean the difference between life or death.

#5. It’s Always Better to Have One Available if You Need it

Your business is better off taking the chance of having an AED onsite and not needing it than not having one available and needing it. Having an AED in the office brings peace of mind to your employees in case of an emergency. Death can occur within minutes if the victim doesn’t receive treatment. We have different and affordable business AED packages available depending on your business’s needs. Common packages include the Philips HeartStart OnSite AED Business Package and the ZOLL AED Plus Business Package.

Although an AED in the workplace is important, so is having your employees trained on how to use it and how to perform CPR so they are prepared if an emergency situation were to occur. CPR is easy to learn, and anyone can perform it. If CPR is performed immediately, it can double or triple the chance of survival.


Why Would I Need a Portable AED Package?

Why Would I Need a Portable AED Package?

Why Would I Need a Portable AED Package?

Do You Need a Portable AED Package?

If you’re asking the question, odds are you may have one or more pre-existing heart conditions. Or, you may frequently find yourself in high-risk situations where people are more likely to suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Or, perhaps you manage a fleet of vehicles or have witnessed someone experiencing SCA. Let’s dig a little deeper into a few reasons why owning a portable AED may be a good idea for you.  

Reason #1: 7 in 10 Sudden Cardiac Arrests Happen at Home

The Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association report that about 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) occur outside of hospitals each year. And about 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home. 

Taken a step further, nearly 50% of the people who experience cardiac arrests at home don’t get the help they need — defibrillation and CPR — to improve their survival odds before emergency responders arrive. However, if someone begins CPR and uses an AED within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, it can double or triple a person’s chance of survival (CDC). 

Having a quickly accessible portable AED can dramatically improve survival odds.

Reason #2: You’re At a Higher Risk for Cardiac Arrest or Heart Attack

If you’ve already suffered a heart attack or are the survivor of a previous SCA, unfortunately, you’re at a higher risk for a repeat performance. Find some additional peace of mind and invest in a portable AED. While you’re at it, make sure your friends, loved ones, and neighbors all know how to perform CPR and use your AED!

Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • A sedentary lifestyle

Source: Mayo Clinic

Reason #3: You’re Always On-the-go

Maybe you’re coaching an athletic team, maybe you travel frequently, or perhaps you run a local community center. If you’re around active or high-risk people, owning a portable AED may be the most efficient way to have immediate access to life-saving equipment when you need it most.

Reason #4: Peace of Mind

The HeartStart OnSite is the only AED on the market that does not require a physician's prescription and is approved for home use. This means it’s also a great portable AED option for individuals to have when they hit the road.

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