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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.


5 reasons why your gym or fitness center needs an AED

5 reasons why your gym or fitness center needs an AED

5 reasons why your gym or fitness center needs an AED

The importance of AEDs in fitness centers and gyms

Making sure your gym or fitness center has an automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death. AEDs are small, portable, and easy-to-use life-saving devices that can be used to shock a person’s heart back into rhythm if it has stopped or is beating irregularly.

Reason #1: SCA is more common than you think it is

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year. 

Reason #2: Strenuous Exercise Raises Short-term Risk of Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest 

And many of these cardiac arrests occur while people are pumping iron or pounding the treadmill. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that about 16% of public, indoor sudden cardiac arrests reported over a 12-year period occurred at an exercise facility.

But that’s not an excuse for ditching your New Year’s Resolutions. Fitness is key to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, physical exercise remains one of the best ways to lower overall heart disease risk. So get moving!

Reason #3: AEDs Improve Survival Odds in Fitness Centers

Get this: that study also found that people who suffered cardiac arrest in traditional exercise facilities had a significantly higher survival rate compared to people who were in non-traditional exercise facilities (like community centers, church gyms, and dance studios).

What’s the difference? Well, fitness centers and gyms are more likely to have AEDs — and people on staff who are trained to use them — than other locations. Gyms are also more likely to have multiple AEDs throughout the facility. Poolside, cycling studios, weight rooms, cardio floors, and by the entrance are all common gym AED locations.

Reason #4: Your State May Require One

Many states require fitness facilities and gyms to have an AED on site. Any health club that does not have an AED — even if your state hasn’t mandated them — runs the risk of being seen as acting with indifference to the welfare and safety of its patrons and members. In other words, it’s your duty of care. 

Reason #5: Liability Protection

Facilities with AEDs may have lower insurance premiums because they’re less likely to endure liability lawsuits filed by grieving families.

To find out which AED is right for your gym or fitness facility or to schedule a training, visit our blog, call our team at 866-349-4362, or email 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.

What signage should I have for my AED?

What signage should I have for my AED?

What Signage Should I Have For My AED?

The most important question to answer when placing an AED sign is, “Will my AED wall sign be visible and easy to spot?” When placing your AED signage, take into account the type of sign, placement requirements, and the kind of building it is being placed in.

Each state has specific AED signage guidelines and requirements but there are a few general guidelines note…

  • Place AED wall signs close to the AED, typically directly above the AED cabinet.
  • The ADA states that the AED wall sign must be approximately 7 feet above the ground.
  • It’s important for the colors to be bright and bold so it is easily visible.
  • Ensure there are no obstructions that would make your sign less visible such as other signs, objects, or banners.

Cardio Partners offers four different types of signs:

  • Flat AED wall sign
  • Triangular AED wall sign
  • Left and right directional AED wall signs
  • AED window decal

Flat AED wall sign

This AED wall sign sits flat against the wall, making it less visible in larger facilities. It is often used in small offices.

Triangular AED wall sign

The “tri-sign” is V-shaped and sticks out of the wall and is highly visible from farther distances. It is typically used for larger buildings such as department stores, churches, airports, etc. 

Left and right directional AED wall signs

These directional signs are used in addition to the flat and triangular wall sign. These can be used in all types of facilities but are more common in larger facilities. These signs are used to point the bystander in the direction of the AED.

AED window decal

The AED window decal is usually placed on the main door/doors of a facility to let customers know there is an AED on-site.


AED signage is a crucial part of a successful AED program. By spending less time searching for the AED, the quicker you can help the victim.