Why do we need AEDs?
AEDs save lives. When a person has a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the heart becomes arrhythmic. Every minute that the heart is not beating lowers the odds of survival by 7 percent to 10 percent. After 10 minutes without defibrillation, very few people survive.
Why Choose Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)?
Businesses not only provide services to countless customers, but also have to care for their employees. Given the number of people present and the considerable amount of time and activity spent at work, the risk of someone suffering cardiac arrest at your facility is very real. Durable, cost-effective, low-maintenance, and easy-to-use Defibtech AEDs are perfectly suited for the unique needs of the business environment.
Does your company keep its lifesaving device(s) in an easy-to-access, visible spot? OSHA’s informational booklet, Saving Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims in the Workplace, offers up a thoughtful list of optimal places for facility managers to keep in mind when installing an AED:
- AEDs should be conveniently installed to ensure response within 3-5 minutes.
- Areas where many people work closely together, such as assembly lines and office buildings.
- Close to a confined space.
- Areas where electric-powered devices are used.
- Outdoor worksites where lightning may occur.
- Health units where workers may seek treatment for heart attack symptoms.
- Company fitness units and cafeterias.
- Remote sites, such as off-shore drilling rigs, construction projects, marine vessels, power transmission lines, and energy pipe lines.
But purchasing your device and mounting it in an appropriate spot isn’t the end of the story. An early defibrillation program is part of a commitment to the health and safety of your employees, customers, and vendors. An AED and early defibrillation program can improve survival rates, raising them as high as 60% in some estimates.
What is this Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
The killer of more than 400,000 people a year in USA and more than 100,000 people a year in Pakistan, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) causes the heart’s normal rhythm to suddenly become chaotic. The heart can no longer pump the blood effectively and the victim collapses, stops breathing, becomes unresponsive, and has no detectable pulse. SCA can strike anyone, anytime. Children, teenagers, athletes, old people — can all have SCAs. Although the risk of SCA increases with age and in people with heart problems, a large percentage of the victims are people with no known risk factors.
What is the recommended treatment of SCA?
Defibrillation is the only treatment proven to restore a normal heart rhythm. When used on a victim of SCA, the automated external defibrillator (AED) can be used to administer a lifesaving electric shock that restores the heart’s rhythm to normal. AEDs are designed to allow non-medical personnel to save lives.
How much time do I have to respond if someone has a SCA?
As said above it allows only minutes when it strikes to initiate AED. Defibrillate within three minutes and the chances of survival are 70 percent. After 10 minutes, the chances of survival are negligible.
I know CPR; would not it help?
CPR only buys a little more time, potentially giving the victim a small amount of extra time until a defibrillator arrives. But SCA ultimately requires a shock to restore a normal heart rhythm. As a result, most CPR training now also includes AED training.
For those who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, the chance of survival is less than 10%. Brain damage can occur in 4 minutes and for every minute without CPR, the chance of survival goes down by 10%.
What First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan can do for us?
First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan can integrates all required components of a successful AED program while ensuring compliance with local, international and industry laws. We can plan for you a worry-free AED implementation program, which is very easy to manage.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is unpredictable. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Quick response and early use of an AED can make the difference between life and death. By implementing a comprehensive AED program, you will be creating a safer environment for your employees, visitors and everyone in and around your facility.
Unfortunately, most of the time, the necessary life-saving equipment does not arrive in time. As a result, typical survival rates are only 2%-5%.
Now there is something you can do to improve the odds dramatically for your community, business, schools, shopping malls, health clubs, hospitality services, personal use, public access and professional rescue services with a solution that is easy to use and inexpensive to buy.
Our life-saving AED program goes beyond simply having a Defibtech Lifeline AED. Our different proposed programs will help you choose one for you to feel comfortable with it and saving lives. These programs will help you prepare your people and organization before sudden cardiac arrest strikes.
The bottom like is that with a modest investment, now you can have a heart-safe environment, where you live and work.
1- AED placement analysis and site survey: This offers AED placement assistance for optimal emergency response time. The survey of your location/facility/office will help us to find a best suitable place for installation of AED. A formal report will be generated
2- Program Policies and Procedures: First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan will help your organization in developing certain set of policies and procedure to ensure program readiness. With the help of your organization, FATSAL will help you defines roles and responsibilities for Emergency Response Team personnel and other administrative tasks within your organization to ensure readiness.
3- Trainings Program: First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan can plan accredited professional trainings ranging from half day to five days training programs to train:
Emergency Response Team members; &
4- AED device installations: First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan will install AED device on the recommendations of report generated through AED placement and site survey activities. The following parts will be part of Defibtech AED device.
- Defibtech Lifeline AED Device;
- Lithium Battery Pack;
- 9v Battery;
- 1 pair of adult electrode pads;
- Soft carrying case. &
- User manual
5- Early Preparedness & Emergency Response (Check) Drills: First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan will plan drills to record the response to gauge its effectiveness and suggest remedial action plan (if required after drill) to reduce response time and evaluate the response procedure to avoid this in future.
6- Program Tracker: First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan will run their inspections, drills, and check the knowledge and skills learned during the training sessions to see if there are any deficiencies or any non-compliance observed during this bi-annually program tracking audit. This part of the comprehensive AED program will also highlight:
- AED inspection reminders;
- Battery & pad notifications sent 60 and 30 days prior to expiration.
- Reminder emails sent 90, 60, and 30 days prior to personnel training expiration.
- Reminder emails on remedial action plan items (RAPIs).
- Reminder emails on upcoming emergency response drills
Kindly find attached a detailed AED Implementation Plan and a wall poster on AED Implementation Program.
CPR HOPE is a positive educational experience designed for anyone who desires to learn this potentially life-saving skill; children attending school, family members and friends, or members of our local, education, or business communities.
This is your invitation to join us to learn to save as many lives as possible. CPR HOPE will be offered on Saturday and Sunday September 6th and 7th, 2014 from 0900 to 1700 hours at Hotel Pak Continental, G-8 Markaz, Islamabad.
To Your Safety,
Faisal Javed Mir & First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan