AEDs are Automated External Defibrillators – portable devices available for less than $2,000 that could save the life of an employee, customer, or visitor.
In my opinion, any business that has over 30 employees, or gets more than 100 visitors/customers per day should have one. Airplanes and schools generally have them, cause they are required. Government buildings usually have them, also by regulation. Does the state have to require businesses to invest in something that could save lives?
The state of Oregon requires them for businesses over 30,000 SF, or where more than 50 customers per day visit.
AEDs increase the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest by 70 percent. More than 400,000 people per year suffer a cardiac arrest in this country. If we could increase the prevalence of AEDs in our communities, a few hundred thousand more lives could be saved.
Cardiac arrest treatment involves, early chest compressions and early defibrillation. That is why having AEDs in workplaces, businesses, schools, and churches is so important. EMS does a great/fine/awesome job, but generally arrive 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 minutes after calling. In most cases of cardiac arrest – that’s just too late for patient survival unless bystanders perform chest compressions (quickly) and attempt defibrillation (which, of course, requires am AED be nearby).
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