David Hiltz

Who Is Qualified To Perform Inspections On AEDs?

Who Is Qualified To Perform Inspections On AEDs?

I was recently asked “Who is qualified to perform routine inspections of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)?” My short answer is everyone and anyone but as with most things, there is room for an expanded discussion and some clarification. Bear in mind that there are validated reports that indicate that many AEDs may not be in …

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CPR Training During Covid19

CPR during COVID-19 – What has changed from a clinical perspective?

An excellent question to get started with! The 2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care represent a comprehensive review of current evidence-based recommendations for resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. The initial guidelines for CPR were published in 1966 by an ad hoc CPR Committee of the Division of Medical Sciences at the National Academy …

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Do automated external defibrillators (AEDs) require maintenance?

Do automated external defibrillators (AEDs) require maintenance?

The question “Do automated external defibrillators (AEDs) require maintenance?” is universally responded to as yes from virtually any and every source of information available. Despite the universal recommendations, there are numerous reports that suggest that many AEDs may not be in a state of readiness for use in case of an emergency. The actual numbers …

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How Do I Select a Provider of High-Quality Emergency Care Training?

How Do I Select a Provider of High-Quality Emergency Care Training?

When lives are at stake, high-quality emergency care training can make a difference! Cardiac arrest is an equal opportunity killer and can strike seemingly healthy individuals of any age, race, ethnicity, or gender at any time in any location, often without warning. Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, …

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Do I need training to use an automated external defibrillator_

Do I need training to use an automated external defibrillator?

The short answer is no, not necessarily. The question “Do I need CPR training in order to use an automated external defibrillator?” is one that comes up frequently. The short answer is no but let’s take a closer look at this subject.  It is entirely possible that because of a variety of reasons, many see …

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Tips Regarding Calling 911 for Emergencies During the COVID-19 Outbreak

It is important to know what to do in a medical emergency—it can save a life. One of the first questions to ask is whether the situation you are dealing with is truly an emergency that requires a visit to the emergency department. Here are some warning signs of a medical emergency: Bleeding that will …

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One play no team can afford to lose. Are you ready?

Of the more than 350,000 annual deaths that occur as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year, you might assume that only older adults need to be concerned about this deadly condition. Think again. SCA is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition. …

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