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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.

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.

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.

Winter Safety Checklist

Winter Safety Checklist

Winter Safety Checklist 

Stay safe and warm with these winter safety tips! 

Everyone may be ready for the change of seasons this year, but winter brings a whole new slew of safety challenges.

Not only can wet, heavy snow can lead to dangerous ice accumulation, but shoveling heavy snow can also cause injuries and spark cardiac events like heart attacks or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Climate Central also reports that weather-related blackouts have doubled in recent years and winter storms cause thousands of highway accidents, personal injuries, and power outages.

Here at Cardio Partners, we believe that it’s a smart move to prepare your home, vehicles, and family for whatever winter has in store. Check out these winter safety tips, then pull your boots out of storage and enjoy the crisp, clear air. If you’re lucky enough to have snow, by all means, head for the nearest sledding hill!

Stay safe and stay warm with these tried-and-true winter safety tips

Pack a Winter and Cold Weather Emergency Kit

Like a good scout, always be prepared. Here are a few smart — and potentially life-saving —  items to have on hand (and in your vehicle) in case of a winter emergency or power outage:

Winterize Your Home for Winter Safety

Keep the cold out and the cozy in. Winterizing your home can save you big bucks, keep you more comfortable, and reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes. 

November is a great month to make sure that your:

  • Heating systems (fireplaces, wood stoves, and furnaces) have been professionally inspected and cleaned.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order.
  • Home is well-insulated and that all the windows and doors seal tightly.
  • Gutters are clear — so you can avoid icicles and dangerous ice dams, which can damage your roof.
  • Vulnerable pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are well-insulated.
  • Garden hoses are disconnected and stored for the winter.

Are you rescue-ready for winter? Call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or send an email to customerservice@cardiopartners.com — we’re ready to help!

DISCLAIMER: The information included in this post and on our website is not intended as legal advice. As legislation changes often, this post may inadvertently contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We urge you to contact your state representative should you require more information about current AED, CPR, and Good Samaritan laws in your state.