Factors To Consider When Choosing an AED Device

Factors To Consider When Choosing an AED Device

In an emergency, you want people with the right training and equipment to attend to your needs. While you can’t expect every person to have CPR or BLS training, you can trust that AED devices will be ready for anyone to use. If you’re looking for an automated external defibrillator, learn about these main factors to consider when choosing an AED device.


Type of Location

One of the most important factors when choosing an AED device is the type of location it will service. AEDs are now standard parts of building codes that determine the building’s security. However, AEDs are also an essential part of the medical field. Thus, there are many kinds of AEDs out there that service these specific industries. So, when choosing an AED, you should take the location into account. Will this device exist in an office complex with dozens of untrained people or a medical facility with professionals?


Ease of Use

While most modern AEDs come with built-in auditory, written, and visual instructions, these only do so much to educate an uninformed population. If you have never seen or interacted with an automated external defibrillator, you’ll need a moment to familiarize yourself. Yet, acquainting yourself with an AED for the first time takes precious moments in an emergency. When selecting an AED, you should know how educational it is and how much it guides users through the process. Also, ask for a demonstration so that you know exactly what it will be like for first-time users.


Parts and Maintenance

Several parts make up an AED—the AED body itself, its case, the defibrillation pads, and the battery. When you first obtain an AED, these parts will be new and ready for use. Over time, though, the AED will need maintenance to keep it up to code. You must eventually replace the electrode pads and battery since they’ll lose their electrical efficacy after a certain period. By doing this, you can count on their ability to deliver a shock when you need it.


Remember these factors to consider when choosing an AED device. If you’re looking for an AED device in your office or medical setting, check out our AED devices for sale at Frontline Health. We also offer CPR courses that train participants on how to use these devices in emergencies.

When and How To Use an AED Device

When and How To Use an AED Device

Emergency equipment is important to have on hand, especially since critical situations can develop at a moment’s notice. However, most of us rarely interact with tools such as AEDs and fire extinguishers before we desperately need them. So, in preparation for the next emergency, here is when and how to use an AED device.

 

When It Is Appropriate To Use an AED

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a device typically found in public buildings and fitness centers. The instrument itself is generally demarcated by a red heart with a lightning bolt running through it. The AED is used for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest when a person’s heart stops beating effectively. The patient will be unresponsive and not breathing normally. The machine analyzes the heart rhythm and if necessary uses an electric shock to reboot the heart’s natural pacemaker system in the hopes that it restores the heart’s normal rhythm.

 

How To Begin

When you discover that a person is unresponsive and not breathing normally or only gasping you should locate the nearest AED. Ask a nearby person to call 911 or other local emergency number and to go get the AED, while you perform CPR. When the AED arrives, you must first turn the machine on, then follow all the voice and visual prompts. Since AED makers know people only use their products in emergencies, they typically provide audio and even visual instructions that serve as guidance along the way. While the AED powers up, open the person’s shirt and clear off their chest. You will then attach the AED pads to the persons bare chest—these will administer the electrical shock.

Once the device is ready, have everyone stand clear, including yourself, and push the next button as prompted by the machine. Depending on the make and model, this could initiate an analysis function or directly administer a shock. After the shock, immediately begin CPR. The AED will continue to prompt you through these steps and cycle back through the process as needed.

 

What To Do After

Once an ambulance arrives, depending on who is at the scene, you should tell any front desk personnel or the property manager that you used their AED. They will then be responsible for either putting it back together or replacing the device. If you are looking for AED devices for sale, check out our selection at Frontline Health.

Knowing when and how to use an AED device can save someone’s life in an emergency. Your quick thinking and swift action can be the difference between life and death, especially if a person’s heart has stopped beating. Remember to look for basic lifesaving skills courses in your area to learn more and gain practice with real AEDs. Reach out to our team at Frontline Health to join a class today!

Learning What an AED Device Is

Learning What an AED Device Is

Life-saving technology is critical, but you need to understand its purpose and functionality. When learning what an AED device is, there are plenty of important facets to discern. Here is a quick overview of the basics.

What Is an AED?

You have probably seen the sign showing a big red heart with a white lightning bolt down the center. This is the signage marking the presence of an AED, or automatic external defibrillator. Often a safety standard in buildings, an AED is the device used when a person is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Cardiac Arrest can come at any time and happen often enough that ordinary citizens should know how to use these devices.

What Can It Be Used For?

An automatic external defibrillator is used for the emergency treatment of cardiac arrest. Once applied correctly, the device analyzes the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart. This helps to eliminate the malfunctioning rhythm and encourages the heart to resume a normal rhythm. AEDs come with voice-guided instructions since many people have not practiced with them before an emergency happens.

How Can I Learn How To Use It?

The AED is a complex device, but the instructions are simple and easy to understand. Though you can quickly follow along in a time of crisis, it is best to learn beforehand. Consider watching videos online if you need a cursory explanation. If you want to be more equipped or your employer requires formal training, research local classes near you that provide AED certification.

Learning what an AED device is and how to use it can be difficult at first but understanding how to navigate and operate life-saving technology is an important skill. If you or your employer are looking to purchase an automatic external defibrillator, check out our AED devices for sale here at Frontline Health.

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Why Should I Purchase An AED?

Each year, over 350,000 Americans die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest outside of a hospital. Cardiac arrest is a condition in which someone’s heart suddenly stops beating effectively. Unless quickly treated, a person who suffers cardiac arrest will die. According to the American Heart Association, the key to surviving cardiac arrest is early CPR and rapid use of an “Automated External Defibrillator” or AED.

Why do people suffer cardiac arrest?

Common causes include:

drowning,

heart attack

choking

electrocution

drug overdose

excessive physical activity and contact sports

People of all ages are at-risk.

How can I treat Cardiac Arrest?

The most effective treatment for cardiac arrest is early CPR and a shock from an AED called “defibrillation.” CPR keeps blood flowing to prevent brain death, while the shock from an AED can reset the heart allowing it to return to a normal rhythm.

CALLING 911 IS NOT ENOUGH

Picture of a LifePack AED

Ambulances can take a long time to arrive. In NYC, the average response time to life-threatening emergencies is over 9 minutes.
For each passing
minute without CPR and AED, a person’s chance of survival decreases 7-10%.

AEDs are SAFE

  • An AED will not deliver a shock to someone who doesn’t need it.
  • An advanced computer analyzes the victim’s heart rhythm to determine if a shock is required.

AEDs are EASY

  • AED’s are designed for people without medical training.
  • Simply turn it on and a clear voice will walk you through the process, step-by-step.

AEDs are EFFECTIVE

If you put an AED on a patient within the first few minutes of a sudden collapse, their chance of survival could be higher than 80%.

Although cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a vital step in the lifesaving process and can keep blood flowing to the heart and brain for a short time, the shock from an AED is usually needed to save a life.

Frontline Health can provide quotes and guidance for purchasing an AED. For more information, please contact our team.

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How can I tell if someone needs CPR?

Your friend collapses at the gym and becomes unconscious!

A bunch of people run over, but no one seems to know how to help… Should you begin CPR?

These situations can often be scary. To help you remember what to do, it’s best to keep things simple:

No Response + No Regular Breathing = NEEDS CPR

That’s it. If you remember that simple equation, you can remember how to act when someone collapses. Let’s break this down a bit more:

“Response” means a patient moves, blinks, speaks, or otherwise reacts when you tap on his shoulders and ask if their okay.

“Breathing” means a patient’s chest moves up and down smoothly, quietly, and rhythmically.

Warning!   “Gasping” is not breathing. If you find someone who is unresponsive, and irregularly gasping – they need CPR.

How do I perform CPR?

If you see someone collapse…

Check Response: Tap-and-Shout on their shoulders to see if they respond. If no response…

Check Breathing:  Look at the chest for 10 seconds to see if it rises and falls normally. If no breathing or only gasping…

Call: or send someone else to call 911 and get an AED (defibrillator)

Care: Begin hands only CPR by putting the heel of one hand in the center of the chest between the nipples. Place your second hand on top of the first and lock your fingers together. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until the patient wakes up or a CPR certified individual arrives and takes over. If an AED (defibrillator) arrives, turn it on and follow the voice and visual prompts – the machine will tell you exactly what to do!

Hands-only CPR
Hand placement for CPR

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