- Step 1: Early Access
This step means early recognition of a cardiac emergency and calling 9-1-1 for advanced medical help.
- Step 2: Early CPR
Note, if you have an AED near by, many AEDs now have CPR guidance and feedback to coach the user through the process.
- Step 3: Early Defibrillation
This means, if the heart needs shocked, a defibrillator is available to do so. AEDs have to be accessible for this step to be an option. AEDs are designed for ANYONE to be able to use; therefore, anyone should be able to access them. If an AED is in a locked office or cabinet it is not accessible.
- Step 4: Early Advanced Care
From the call in “Step 1”, the goal is for an equipped and highly trained pre-hospital first responder arrive as soon as possible.
Again, “Early Defibrillation” means that if the heart needs a shock to obtain a normal heart rythm, it is given quickly. AEDs are designed for any lay person to use the device. In “Step 4: Early Advanced Care”, a trained first responder (EMS, paramedic) will be able to continue the advanced care.
If you are wanting to know how to make your building safer, some possible solutions that could be useful are: more AEDs, an AED on every floor, more efficient AED management, and AED awareness (making sure everyone knows where your AEDs are, what they are used for, that everyone can use one, etc.).
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