How to Implement a Proper Program for AED

April 19, 2013Comments Off on How to Implement a Proper Program for AED

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is unfortunately not uncommon today. As a matter of fact, statistics show that in the United States, it has caused the death of a considerable number of people. In order to address this growing problem, through science, there has now been a given solution called AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). With its use, a trained individual can quickly respond to the needs of a victim if emergency medical services cannot quickly arrive into the scene.

As mentioned before, sudden cardiac arrest is now common. It is therefore natural for a countermeasure to become commonly implemented as well. In various areas, work environments, public places and others have set their respective AED program for the safety of both the employees and clients. The need for such a program is brought up by the people’s increased awareness in the high possibility of having unexpected health incidence. Now there is a much need for life-saving medical devices and trained personnel who can operate them.

People in general are probably informed about how important it is to ensure a place with an AED program. After all, it saves people’s lives for the most part. In the case of CPR, experts believe that for every minute that it is not applied, a victim’s chance at survival lowers by up to 10%. Consequently, when CPR is done, only up to 5% survival rate or lower may be produced. For this reason, it is best to do a CPR in conjunction with an AED, in which a victim gets above 70% shot at survival. This made AED program as vitally needed as CPR training.

As a result, there has come a big shift in the idea of corporate social responsibility. The practices that used to be implemented within business regarding health and safety have changed. Fortunately, most companies are quick to realize the relevance of these changes, putting the needs of both their staff and clients at the top of their priorities. Soon, the standard of care has leveled with a having an appropriate AED program. The truth is that in courts, not having an AED within an establishment is considered as a ground for negligence. There are now even laws that relate to having AEDs at schools, businesses and other public establishments.

To understand better how to implement an appropriate AED program, here are some of the questions that should be asked when establishing a program. First, what are the emergency responses that are already implemented? This entails a full evaluation of the establishment including the number of people within the facility and the size of the facility itself. Second, what regulations are being executed in the local area regarding PAD programs? Obviously, there is a variety for these regulations for every state.  It is necessary to make sure that the establishment is not violating the laws. Third, how many AEDs are needed? It is imperative for a victim to be administered with the AED within 4 minutes. It is therefore, necessary to have an AED in every area of the facility.