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Heart Saving Solutions for Corporations


Why do corporations need AEDs? Can't we just call 911?

There is a very good chance emergency medical services (EMS) cannot respond fast enough to save someone in cardiac arrest, particularly in congested urban areas, high-rise buildings or large facilities. In fact, the national average response time is 10-12 minutes, so even the best EMS responders could have difficulty arriving in time. Besides traffic, consider the time needed to make it through building security or to a remote plant location, for example, and all the way to a victim.

AEDs offer a practical way to save more lives in the workplace, because they are designed for use by nearly anyone. Widespread deployment of AEDs in offices, corporate jets, and manufacturing plants gives SCA victims the best chance of survival.

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Who can help my company implement an AED program?

There are several factors to consider when implementing an AED program, such as the selection of an AED, lay-rescuer training, physician oversight, determining optimal placement and developing ongoing quality assurance programs. can assist your occupational health physician or nurse, safety team or risk manager with all facets of a comprehensive PAD program.

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Are AEDs easy to use?

Extremely. Automated External Defibrillators are designed for use by virtually anyone with minimal training.

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What additional training is required?

In many cases, a simple course including CPR and AED training is all that is required. For example, the American Heart Association offers the Heartsaver™ AED course, which can be completed in less than four hours. Training requirements vary, so contact for more information on your state's unique requirements.

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What liability do we incur by deploying AEDs in our company — or by not having AEDs on-site?

The laws surrounding AED usage vary from state to state. All U.S. states but one have passed Good Samaritan laws with language about AEDs. Additionally, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act [ pdf 92.0KB ], which was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 2000, provides AED users and acquirers with protection from liability. This and similar legislation underway is helping to make AEDs the standard of care for SCA, and as such, organizations are increasingly at greater liability for failing to have these life-saving devices on-site.

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What is the cost to purchase and maintain an AED?

An AED costs about the same as a well-equipped laptop computer.

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Where would we place our AEDs?

Some key areas to place AEDs in your facility would be:
In an on-site medical clinic
In plants or manufacturing areas
In a reception or common area
Near a fire extinguisher
With a safety response team member
With a security officer
On board a corporate jet
Wherever your AEDs are placed, they should be visible and easily accessible.

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