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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.

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.

What You Need to Know About Face Masks and COVID-19

Facemasks

What You Need to Know About Face Masks and COVID-19

Wearing a face mask to help reduce the spread of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19), can not only help keep you safe but also potentially save the lives of those around you, especially those who are more vulnerable.

As part of its recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests anyone over the age of two wears a face mask of some sort when outside their home and in areas where social distancing may be difficult, such as offices, grocery stores, and restaurants. Find out more about why it’s important to wear a face mask, what face mask is best for you, how to wear it, and when to wash it.

Why Face Masks?

Transmission of respiratory droplets is the main way for COVID-19 to spread. Produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, raises their voice, or even sings, these respiratory droplets can land on another person’s face, mouth, or nose and potentially infect them.

Since those who are infected may not immediately show symptoms, wearing a face mask when outside the home can help reduce the risk of spreading the virus from one person to another by catching these respiratory droplets before they become airborne.

Wearing a face mask is an easy way to help protect yourself and potentially save the lives of others!

What Types of Face Masks Are There?

While there are many options for face masks, Cardio Partners offers both disposable and reusable cloth masks. If you are required to wear a face mask at work or at frequently visited areas, a reusable and washable cloth face mask may be a more feasible option. Should you be making direct contact with multiple people throughout the day, disposable face masks may be a better option as they can easily and quickly be changed out. Disposable masks are also an option for businesses offering face masks to guests upon entering.

Face shields, N95 masks, and respirators should be reserved for those in medical facilities or on the frontline who come in direct contact with the virus.

How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

Some may find wearing a face mask uncomfortable, but they are only effective when worn properly. Before putting on a face mask, be sure to wash your hands with warm water and soap to help prevent the transfer of bacteria. The face mask should cover your nose and mouth – not hang around your chin or neck – and be secured under your chin and tightly across the sides of the face while still allowing you to breathe easily.

Washing Face Masks

If you choose to wear reusable cloth masks, it’s important to wash them after every use! You can easily include these with your other laundry or wash them by hand with a water and bleach solution – be sure to check the label on the bleach to make sure it’s labeled for disinfection, though. Drying is as simple as tossing in the dryer or laying flat to dry.

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