SOUTHAMPTON, UK--Many public areas here have no automatic external defibrillator (AED), or at least no record of them, and where they exist they are seldom retrieved and used before ambulance arrival, suggests a retrospective review of emergency calls for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest over one year . It included a survey that identified only 278 locations with public-access defibrillators in a county of 1.78 million inhabitants.
Most of the devices were identified at shopping centers or other commercial properties, although other locations included clinics and nursing homes.
Results from Cintas indicate organizations need help managing life-saving tools
CINCINNATI, OH--Each year, approximately 300,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) that require revival from an automated external defibrillator (AED). According to the results of a survey commissioned by Cintas, a leader in first-aid and safety programs, although many workplaces have AEDs on site, it’s likely that a majority of workers would not be prepared to locate and use the units. The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive® among 2,019 adults ages 18 and older (of whom 916 are employed), found that 79 percent of employed adults do not know where their workplace’s AED is located.
You're eating lunch in a local mall when a man at the next table collapses.
Your first move? If you see a person collapse like that, someone who is not responsive and not breathing normally, you should first call 911 and then start cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). But the next step is to look for the nearest AED and use it on the spot. If the man is in cardiac arrest, you just may save his life.
BALTIMORE, MD--Laurel city is set to receive approximately 100 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, from a Gaithersburg health company in what local leaders are saying is an unprecedented donation.
"To our knowledge and research, it's one of the biggest donations to a local government or organization anywhere," said Mayor Craig Moe.
The donation of the AEDs, which is scheduled to be formally announced an event scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Laurel Municipal Center, is coming from Rescue One Training for Life Inc. The private business provides safety training and products to various groups such as schools, businesses and governments.
According to Rescue One CEO Jeremy Gruber, a retired Montgomery County firefighter, AEDs, while not a household term, are key to saving lives in the event of a cardiac arrest.