AED Team

How do I determine if my business/organization should have an AED?

Over 300,000 people suffer cardiac arrest each year in the United States.  When you consider that a significant portion of each person’s week is spent in the workplace and the concentration of employees at a given business location, it is no surprise that a considerable portion of cardiac arrests occur while victims are at work. …

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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?

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?

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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Upcoming pool renovation? Time to revisit your emergency response plan!

Your budget request was finally approved to update the pool at your community center! While this is an exciting time to start planning your renovation, it also presents the perfect opportunity to revisit your center’s emergency response plan. Of the 350,000 people who suffer a cardiac arrest in the US each year, only about 10% …

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“We have enough defibrillators”

A key to the success of Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) programs is the strategic distribution of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in the community. Leaders and advocates spend countless hours debating the placement of each AED, and for good reason: American Heart Association recommendations aim for defibrillation within three minutes of a cardiac arrest. Simply …

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AED: A False Sense of Security

As the Health and Safety Manager of your workplace, you’ve finally completed the seemingly endless process of researching, budgeting, purchasing, and installing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the wall of the break room.  You’ve arranged for a team of employees to undergo Heartsaver CPR AED training with the American Heart Association.  Now it’s time to …

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South Carolina AED Liaison Requirement

Section 44-76 of the South Carolina Code of Laws sets standards for Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices for owners of the devices.  This statute has many very important components related to the supervision, training, maintenance, testing, use and reporting requirements related to AED devices. South Carolina law requires that persons or entities that have an AED …

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