SCA, AED and PAD: Learning the Acronyms for Safety

May 14, 2013Comments Off on SCA, AED and PAD: Learning the Acronyms for Safety

For every person, having someone suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest by their side is probably something that they would like to dodge at any cost. The problem is that there is no certainty when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest. By its call only, it is clear how abruptly it happens and when it does, there is no questioning that you should do something to help out.

So what is it that makes it so distressing to have someone suffer sudden cardiac arrest? Well, apart from the fact that the person will be minutes away from dying, it is also that how you respond is a big factor in that person’s fate.  A sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function which can happen to anyone at any age. If not given the appropriate treatment in time, it is most likely that the person will die. It is often caused by the arrhythmias, which are abnormal heart rhythms. Ventricular fibrillation is one specific type of arrhythmia which also one of the most common. What it does is it deteriorates the heart’s electrical impulses into a state of disorder, which then leads it to being ineffective. Soon, the blood flow that is supposed to travel to the brain is obstructed, rendering the victim unconscious. In due time, the victim will ultimately lose their life if the heart rhythm is not brought back to its normal state. Having an AED program will definitely come a long way for such a situation.

An automated external defibrillator, or an AED, is a modern device that helps restore the normal rhythm of a person’s heart. With an AED program a rescuer can easily respond to a sudden cardiac arrest emergency by first evaluating the heart rhythm of the victim with the use of the AED. Through the device, the rescuer will know if the heart requires a shock which will restore its function to normal. The device definitely makes it much easier to attend to a sudden cardiac arrest victim as it includes user-friendly features such as voice prompts, lights and texts messages. These will give the rescuer a thorough guide on how to provide treatment to the victim. Despite being made with ease of use in mind, people still require to have a proper training before operating device. This is to make sure that they can use it efficiently to save someone’s life. Training for the device’s use should be included in the implementation of an AED program. Also, to make an AED program more productive, you should take the time to select the best brand for you.

Today, having an AED program in public places is not simply a choice anymore, but a requirement. If a business establishment does not have this program, they are likely to deal with legal issues.  In particular, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2000 pushes federal buildings to have AEDs. Laws regarding PADs (Public Access to Defibrillation) vary among different regions. You should check out such laws in your area to avoid having future problems.