AEDs save lives. A person that suffers cardiac arrest really needs chest compressions started within 2 minutes, and ideally, an AED used to shock the heart within 5 minutes. Each minute that defivrillation is delayed reduces the CA victim’s chance of survival by 7%-10%.
EMS does a great job, but, the fact is they are 51/2 to 9 1/2 minutes away, in most urban areas. If your spouse, parent, or child is the CA victim – is the best you can do call 9-1-1 and count the minutes until EMS arrives?
Philips has taken a marketing/press hit lately, with a recall of some of their best-selling AEDs – the HeartStart FRx and the HeartStart Onsite. They are still the largest manufacturer of AEDs, and the recall affects less than 1% of their deployed units.
AEDs are still life-saving devices. Here’s a manufacturer’s (Philips) video that highlights using an AED to save lives.
Does your workplace or business have an AED? Are your employees/customers worth $1,400?