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Easy to use, with two-button operation, attached pads, and step-by-step voice prompts. Exceeds industry recommendations, yet simple and easy to use for nonmedical personnel. Virtually maintenance-free. Both packages include FDA-required physician's prescription, LifeLine® AED with 7-year battery, 2 sets of adult shock pads, 1 set of pediatric pads, CPR mask, gloves, and training DVD. Deluxe Package includes an additional 7-year battery, wall sign, and alarmed wall-mount cabinet.
The placement of AEDs in the workplace has seen a tremendous increase in popularity and practicality over the past several years. The combination of decreasing price along within creasing benefits has made the adoption of an AED program a logical and affordable step for many organizations throughout the United States and around the world.
The questions most frequently asked by business professionals contemplating an AED program are:
1. What is an AED and why do we need them?
2. What is the financial impact of an AED program?
3. How do I implement AEDs in my organization?
The answers to these questions are surprisingly straightforward and easily explain the increasing interest in AEDs by professional organizations.
What is an AED and why do we need them?
AEDs are devices used to save the life of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA claims the lives of up to 450,000 North Americans every year: over 1,200 each day. SCA is a condition where the victim's heart stops beating in an organized manner preventing the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to the brain and other vital organs- resulting in loss of consciousness and, ultimately, death.
It has been well documented that the ONLY treatment for SCA is defibrillation, or the application of an electric shock to the heart of the victim. Furthermore, studies have universally shown that defibrillation MUST be performed within the first few minutes of the victim's collapse if they are to have any significant chance of survival.
New technology has empowered the average person to use an AED to perform this emergency treatment with little or no training and save the life of a co-worker or customer in many cases.
In addition, there are several risk factors that increase a person's odds of suffering a cardiac arrest. These include (with their percentage increase):
Smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure (+30% chance of SCA)
Diabetes (+200-400% chance of SCA)
Congestive Heart Failure (+600-900% chance of SCA)
Prior Heart Attack (+400-600% chance of SCA)
NOTE: Operating in a high-stress environment or position, along with dehydration, can contribute to the above factors and increase a person's risk accordingly.
What is the financial impact of an AED program
Cost of Losing a Key Employee
In virtually every organization, there are certain employees who are the primary point of contact (and the custodian of the relationship) for the key customer accounts that provide a significant portion of the company's revenue and/or credibility. The individuals responsible for these relationships are frequently the most experienced and have the highest demands placed upon their time and energy. The loss of one of these key employees would certainly mean the loss of a considerable amount of experience and contribution to the company as well as the potential loss of key customers. AEDs can help ensure that those key employees have every possible advantage should an emergency occur and they fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest.
Mounting Liability for Non-compliance
At this point, no one has ever been successfully sued for purchasing, using, or authorizing an AED and the volume of protective legislation encouraging their deployment indicates that no one ever will. However, the position for denying this type of emergency care is becoming less and less defensible. With AEDs becoming more prevalent in society, their cost becoming exceptionally manageable, and several states passing laws either encouraging or requiring them to be placed in various locations, the risk of lawsuits related to the lack of an AED becomes a stark reality.
Advertising and Public Relations Opportunities: Customer/Public Safety
AEDs are a "hot topic" for the media today. Any organization that implements an AED program stands a good chance of having that program publicized in local or national media sources. This type of exposure is a great tool to increase the credibility and public perception of any company. Furthermore, an AED program should be internally publicized as a benefit to the employees, customers and guests of the company. With the cost of other employee benefits increasing every year, an AED program demonstrates management's commitment to the lives and livelihoods of their employees at a nominal cost.
How do I implement AEDs in my organization?
Building an AED program is simpler now than it ever has been. The steps to adopt an AED program are as follows:
1. Obtain medical authorization from a physician. (This FDA-required prescription is often included with the AED when purchased.)
2. Train a small group of employees in CPR and AED use (many companies already have trained individuals working for them).
3. Purchase AEDs that meet your needs and requirements.
An organization can protect itself from the loss of a key employee, mitigate potential risks associated with litigation, take advantage of an exceptional public relations opportunity and provide a unique and inexpensive benefit to its employees and customers.
Up to 400,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). That's more than the top five cancers combined. It's even more than all deaths from breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS, house fires, handguns, and traffic accidents combined.1
Only about 5% survive sudden cardiac arrest. There can be a 90% survival rate if AED-shocked within two minutes.2
Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are not the same. While 800,000 people die annually from "plumbing problem" heart attacks, 400,000 die from "electrical problem" sudden cardiac arrests.
95% of SCA victims die. An ambulance can't arrive in time.
60-70% of all sudden cardiac arrests are witnessed.
To survive...early defibrillation must occur. CPR can never restart an SCA heart. Death can occur within six minutes.
Anyone can Save a Life!
* OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), U.S. Government
** Dr. Glenn Laub; Cardiac Surgeon, New Jersey
*** American Heart Association