Success requires enough optimism to provide hope and enough pessimism to prevent complacency. - David G Myers
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In the U.S. alone, approximately 326,200 people of all ages experience EMS-assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic SCA each year and nine out of 10 victims die. In fact, the number of people who die each year from SCA is roughly equivalent to the number who die from Alzheimers disease, assault with firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined.
While these statistics paint a dismal picture, it is encouraging to know that SCA can be treated successfully through early intervention. Over the past decade, great strides have been made to reduce SCA mortality through more widespread CPR-AED training and AED deployment. In addition, thanks to proactive action taken by state legislatures, liability concerns for Good Samaritans responding to SCA have largely disappeared.
An AED is a portable device used to treat cardiac arrest. The smart, user-friendly device automatically analyzes heart rhythms and advises the operator to deliver a shock if the heart is in a fatal rhythm. Shocks from the AED disrupt deadly heart rhythms, allowing a normal heartbeat to resume naturally. (Think of rebooting a computer).
An extensive body of research has proven the effectiveness of AEDs, which are designed for use by the lay public. Non-medical laypersons can use AEDs safely and effectively with minimal training. To be most effective, however, AEDs must be used quickly—ideally within a few minutes after the victim becomes unconscious and unresponsive, and stops breathing normally.
Use of AEDs by bystanders is already making a significant difference. While the average rate of survival from cardiac arrest occurring outside hospitals is about 10 percent, the survival rate increases to nearly 40 percent when bystanders give CPR and use AEDs before EMS arrives at the scene. Some communities with exceptionally strong CPR-AED programs have reported survival rates as high as 70 percent. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation‘s growing survivor network is a testament to the success of strong community CPR-AED programs.
The undeniable success of AEDs has led to an increase in publicly available defibrillators. It is a huge step in the right direction that AEDs are being deployed more widely in communities across the U.S.
New research, however, highlights the fact that there is still much more work to be done. Christopher Sun and Timothy Chan, researchers at the University of Toronto, recently completed a study that examined 451 cases of sudden cardiac arrest. The incidents all occurred within 100 meters of an AED. One-quarter of the time, AEDs were inaccessible—behind locked doors. Nearly two-thirds of the cases examined occurred during weekends or at night, thus limiting access to AEDs placed in nearby office buildings, schools, and recreational facilities, which were closed and locked during these off-hours.
This study highlights a serious flaw in current thinking about AED deployment and ignores a basic premise that lifesaving equipment needs to be available 24/7. Also complicating efforts is the fact that most AEDs are not designed to be left out in the elements. They have sensitive equipment, such as batteries, circuit boards, and gel pads, which may be compromised by fluctuations in temperature and moisture. As such, AEDs stored outdoors need to be in climate-controlled cabinets that are readily accessible.
Innovative strategies for AED deployment are being explored, including deliveries by Uber, Lyft, and cardiac drones. In addition, installation at ATM machines and integration into existing vending machines—which are climate-controlled—is a possibility. (In Japan, AEDs have been installed in vending machines since 2007.) Further, AED apps are being used to alert volunteers to respond when cardiac emergencies occur.
As we continue to build our crowd-sourced and mobile-enhanced way of life in the United States, we must develop new and innovative ways to get lifesaving equipment to emergencies quickly and safely. We must work to ensure that lifesaving AEDs are readily available, 24/7, whenever sudden unexpected cardiac arrest occurs. AEDs save lives, but AEDs in hiding are rendered useless.
Source: Mary M. Newman, AEDs Save Lives But AEDs in Hiding Are Rendered Useless, The Blog, HuffPost, November 12, 2016.
When easy-to-use heart defibrillators came onto the market two decades ago, they were billed as a way to save the lives of tens of thousands of victims of cardiac arrest each year.
But today defibrillators are still few and far between. And they often sit in back rooms or lockers, shuttered away from public view.
In 1775, a Dutch veterinarian named Peter Abildgaard used electricity to stop—and then revive—the heart of a chicken, thus proving once and for all that electricity could be used to manipulate heart rhythms. Ever since then, scientists have been working diligently to master the art of defibrillation, the process of using controlled electric shocks to restore normal heart function in cardiac arrest sufferers..
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to save a life. You just need to know where you can find one, and it will practically do the rest itself.
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Given the simplicity and impact, we should all learn to use automated external defibrillators.
The best medicine for a person going into sudden cardiac arrest is an electric shock. That jolt temporarily stops the heart, along with its rapid or erratic beat. When the heart starts itself up again, it can revert to its normal rhythm and resume pumping blood to the brain and the rest of the body. The sooner this happens, the better. When a patient is shocked within one minute of collapse, the chance of survival is nearly 90%. But if it takes 10 minutes to administer a shock, the odds of survival fall below 5%.
I’m slowing down and relishing in every moment. I get up every day and know that I’m super lucky - Bob Harper
Do you know where the nearest defibrillator is?
Seconds count if you or someone near you has a sudden cardiac arrest. It happens to roughly 1,000 Americans every day. Although it often accompanies a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest can happen to young and seemingly healthy people, too, and 95% of victims die before emergency personnel arrive.
“The chances of survival decrease 7 to 10 percent every minute someone is in cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Viren Vankawala, AtlantiCare Physician Group cardiologist. “An (AED) can really play a role in survival. I encourage everyone to ... have AEDs in public places and learn how to use them.”
Given the concordance with previously published data, the survival rate when an AED was deployed in a high school appeared to be at or near 60%. In our study, most (approximately two-thirds) of these SCA incidents occurred in adults. Even when they did not involve student-athletes, most of these incidents occurred at or near athletic facilities.
Effective January 2016...removes physician oversight and training requirements, however the laws from the previous legislature were not removed, and still remain in place.
Prompt use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED, can greatly increase the survival rates of people who suffer a cardiac arrest.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are life-saving medical devices, and yet access to them during a cardiac arrest is significantly limited.
Overall, available evidence suggests that fifteen years of equipping American buildings with hundreds of thousands of bystander AED units has had little impact on national out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival statistics.
If you needed an automated external defibrillator to help a victim of sudden cardiac arrest, chances are you would have trouble finding one, even if a device were located nearby.
That's despite the fact that about one million AEDs—portable devices that can jump-start the heart and save lives when sudden cardiac arrest strikes—are installed in office buildings, malls, schools and sports stadiums around the U.S.
The AED is a bit like the safety information card on an airplane. It's there, but most don't notice it. And there lies the tragedy of the AED--the time from its acute need (as in sudden cardiac arrest) to its use is far longer than that critical few minutes required to intervene when someone's heart has stopped. Simply put, people fail to make the immediate connection to the AED and waste precous minutes in less-than-effective activities. Or even worse, a life-saving device stays in its display case. The automated defibrillator is only automated when it's put in use! And that, for the vast majority of times, is rare.
A box won't define me anymore. I won't feel like I'm carrying a small "purse" or camera anymore. It will be implanted inside me. The defibrillator will be part of me. I may face new obstacles in my recovery, but with two heart-related operations in six months under my belt, I've become a stronger person -- inside and out.
Innovative strategies for AED deployment are being explored, including deliveries by Uber, Lyft, and cardiac drones. In addition, installation at ATM machines and integration into existing vending machines--which are climate-controlled--is a possibility.
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Our aims and principles have not changed. Saving lives is our first and foremost objective.
Using innovative, advanced technology with HeartSafe® Public Access Cabinets and Defibrillators, we provide communities with proven solutions to obtain AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in the quickest time possible should a sudden cardiac arrest occur.
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WYP is a global campaign aimed at increasing public awareness about how PADs (Public Access Defibrillation sites), which contain an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) can make a difference in the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
Our vision is to double the survival rate of SCA by 2016.
AED Locations is a community-orientated volunteer project designed to make people aware of how many AEDs (automated external defibrillators) there are in New Zealand.
AED Locations aims to increase awareness by offering a website where individuals can locate the defibrillators in their local area, and by providing signage for display at these sites.
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This program is designed to help institutions and individuals everywhere place these amazing life saving devices at an affordable price. You may even apply as an Individual for a Home AED!
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The National AED Registry lets participating 911 agency dispatchers know where your automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are located so they can be found and used quickly when needed.