Emergency Preparedness

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.

Get yours today. For more information about purchasing an AED for your home, visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails; you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Should I purchase a bleeding control kit with my AED?

Should I purchase a bleeding control kit with my AED?

Should I purchase a bleeding control kit with my AED?

Benefits of purchasing a Stop the Bleed kit with your AED

In most cases, YES! Whether you’re buying your first AED, upgrading your existing AED, or adding additional AEDs to your public access program, it makes good sense to make sure your first aid kits and bleeding control kits are in rescue-ready shape. 

For those purchasing an AED for home use because your loved one has a history of heart attack or cardiac arrest, adding a bleeding control kit may not be necessary. 

However, if you live in a remote area and frequently work with heavy machinery or agricultural equipment, we’d certainly recommend adding a bleeding control kit to your Philips HeartSine Home AED package order!

While you’re at it, we also highly recommend offering first aid, AED, CPR, and Stop the Bleed training for individuals who are most likely to serve as point persons for your emergency response plan. 

Here are a few good reasons to purchase a Bleeding Control Kit with your new AED

  • Traumatic hemorrhaging (blood loss) can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
  • Traumatic events can trigger SCA.
  • A comprehensive AED, first aid, bleeding control program is easier to implement.
  • It’s easier to track expiration dates.
  • First aid kits can be used to treat minor injuries like scrapes, minor cuts, burns, and sprains, but they’re not designed to stop heavy bleeding.
  • Stop the Bleed kits help control life-threatening bleeding caused by traumatic injuries.
  • Most bleeding control kits will fit inside AED cabinets.

Finding the Right Bleeding Control Kit

There are three different types of bleeding control kits*: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Each vacuum-sealed and tamper-proof kit contains:

Basic Curaplex Bleeding Control Kit Contents:

  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 Emergency bandage
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 5.5"
  • S-folded compressed gauze dressing

Intermediate Curaplex Bleeding Controls Kit:

  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 Emergency bandage
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 7.5"
  • 2 Rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • 1 Pack of H*VENT chest seals (2/pk)

Advanced Curaplex Bleeding Control Kit:

  • 1 Permanent marker 
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 QuikClot bleeding control dressing, Roll (3"x 4')
  • 1 H*Vent vented chest seal, two-pack
  • 1 Emergency bandage 4"
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 5.5"
  • 1 S-Folded primed, compressed gauze dressing

*Contents may vary depending on kit model

May is National Stop the Bleed Month. Anyone can learn to Stop the Bleed. Yes, you can! For more information on Curaplex bleeding control kits and to find the bleeding control kit that’s right for your organization, visit our website.

Have questions about AEDs, bleeding control kits, or first aid classes? Contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 to learn more. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

 

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

For many medical or trauma-related emergencies like accidents, overdoses, shootings, and 911 emergency calls, law enforcement officers are first on the scene. But will they administer CPR before EMS arrive? The answer is a little complicated.

Because police officers are on roving, decentralized patrol around-the-clock they’re often able to respond to calls more quickly than firefighters or other EMTs. And, unlike firefighters or EMT teams, law enforcement officers can leave non-emergency to respond to more pressing situations.

Performing CPR and defibrillation with an AED within the first 3-5 minutes can dramatically increase survival odds, it makes sense for law enforcement officers to administer CPR and arrive on the scene with an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Each year, more than 350,000 Americans experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and only 41% receive bystander CPR. Equipping law enforcement vehicles with automated external defibrillators and ensuring that officers are trained in CPR and AED use allows lifesaving interventions to be delivered as quickly as possible. 

However, this isn’t always the case. The answer to “will law enforcement officers administer CPR if they arrive before EMS” is: it depends on the department’s policy.

Is it hard to train law enforcement officers to perform hands-only CPR?

Not at all! Hands-only CPR — also known as compression-only CPR — is easy to learn and highly effective.

“Despite being positioned to make an impact on emergency cardiac survival rates, law enforcement remains an under-utilized component of the chain of survival. Police officers trained to deliver high-quality cardiocerebral resuscitation [hands-only CPR] can not only be the difference between life and death but also determine good brain outcomes post-incident” (Police1.com).

Will equipped police vehicles with AEDs help improve cardiac arrest survival rates?

Absolutely. Cardiac arrest victims who received a shock from a publicly-available AED that was administered by a bystander (or, in this scenario, a police officer) had 2.62 times higher odds of survival to hospital discharge than those who did not receive a shock (EHS Today). 

“Law enforcement officers are often the first public service providers to arrive at the scene of an emergency. The research in support of AEDs, naloxone, and bleeding control methods supports the training of officers to provide immediate and life-saving care for patients experiencing cardiac arrest, overdose, and traumatic injury” (Boundtree.com).

You wouldn’t send your officers into the field without the training and equipment they need to respond to an active shooter call. If your department isn’t CPR/AED trained and your fleet isn’t equipped with a first responder AED package, now’s the time. 

Cardio Partners offers CPR/AED/first aid training courses in all 50 states. To learn more about our traditional or blended courses, call us at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

How can I keep my employees calm during a SCA emergency?

How can I keep my employees calm during a SCA emergency?

How can I keep my employees calm during a SCA emergency?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Assuming stats will hold steady — and not increase as a result of COVID-19 — more than 350,000 Americans will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year, many of them while at work. 

Which is all the more reason to stay calm and stop SCA.

Purchase AEDs for your office

Nothing brings more peace of mind than a readily accessible automated external defibrillator (AED). An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during SCA. Modern AEDs are easy to operate, even for someone with no medical background.

Spring for training

You know what breeds calm? Confidence and know-how. Schedule CPR/AED training for your entire team. Blended learning options offer affordable and flexible training opportunities for your employees. 

Take a deep breath

We humans have a tendency to hold our breath or take quick, shallow breaths when we’re experiencing a stressful situation. And let’s face it, witnessing SCA is one of the scariest, most stressful things that could possibly happen in the workplace. Our brains need oxygen to function and focus. It’s absolutely essential to keep on breathing, so your employees can help those who can’t! 

Call for help

Call 911! The operator will offer guidance and support until emergency responders arrive.

Be laser-focused

It’s hard to think clearly when something as life-threatening as SCA is happening right in front of you. However, when an emergency happens, it’s vital to keep your wits about you. Encourage your employees to focus on the big-picture details: who, what happened, when, where and how bad is it. Then determine whether or not there are any pre-existing conditions, document the steps your team took to help the victim, and gather any other data that might be useful for first responders. These kinds of details will help the medical team and it’ll keep your employees focused.

Speak slowly

Project calm to your team by speaking loudly — don’t shout! — and slowly. Offer reassurances and make sure you’re messaging clearly and confidently. Your team will follow your capable lead.

Keep it cool. Cardio Partners offers CPR/AED/first aid training courses in all 50 states. To learn more about our traditional or blended courses, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

What’s the Connection Between Stress and Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

What’s the Connection Between Stress and Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

What’s the Connection Between Stress and Sudden Cardiac Arrest?  

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), a nonprofit health education organization, Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, promote successful coping strategies, and dispel harmful misconceptions and misperceptions about stress.

High-Stress Levels Can Be Hard on Your Heart  

We’ve all felt our hearts race when an unexpected (and unexpectedly ugly) bill rears its nasty head or when the kids refuse to submit those online assignments on time. But did you know that high levels of stress drive up your risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems including high cholesterol, blood clots, and even cardiac arrest?

Stress doesn't just affect your sense of wellbeing and calm, stress can even affect you on a cellular level! Long-term stress and stress disorders can lead to a wide range of illnesses—from headaches to stomach issues to depression—and yes, even strokes and heart disease. Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being.

The American Heart Association notes that “More research is needed to determine how stress contributes to heart disease — the leading killer of Americans. But stress may affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity, and overeating.” 

What is Stress?

Basically, it’s the fight or flight response that’s hardwired into our nervous system. It’s the response that keeps us safe and gets us moving quickly when there’s an immediate threat — like running from a charging dog, fire, or oncoming object.

“When you perceive a threat, stress hormones rush into your bloodstream—increasing heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels. Other hormones also suppress functions like digestion and the immune system, which is one of the reasons why chronic stress can leave you more vulnerable to illness” (Federal Occupational Health).

Although danger is a common stress trigger, toxic work environments, uncertain finances, traumatic experiences, family stress, or anxiety can also lead to chronic stress. A bad day at the office or a one-off disagreement with a loved one won't damage your health in the long run, but chronic stress can dampen your immune response and put you at an increased risk for cardiovascular and other diseases.

What Can You Do To Manage Your Stress Levels?

Here are a few great ways to manage stress safely and effectively (they all just happen to be heart-healthy choices, too!):

  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Do yoga with a friend
  • Drink a cup of herbal tea
  • Call a friend
  • Go for a walk
  • Snuggle with a pet
  • Eat a piece of fruit
  • Play an instrument

If your stress is pressurized like a firehose, ask for help. Look for a local or online stress management class or find a therapist who specializes in stress disorders. You don’t have to tackle this on your own!

Questions about AEDs, bleeding control kits, or first aid classes? Contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 learn more. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.