We think of athletes as being in great shape, so does that mean they’re less likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? What about those athletes that show indications of cardiovascular disease? Does their participation in intense workouts and competitions mean they are more likely to succumb to SCA?.
ZOLL/Cardiac Science understands the critical role law enforcement plays during a cardiac emergency and has developed a suite of Powerheart AEDs that are ready to use, intuitive, and rugged.
When a 911 call is placed, police are typically first on scene to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) emergency – a condition that kills more than 369,000 people annually in the United States. Because the only effective treatment for SCA is an immediate shock from an automated external defibrillator (AED), police must act quickly.
AEDs can also help to protect your officers and staff members: Data show that, due to high stress levels and workload, law enforcement is among the highest-risk professions susceptible to SCA. Moreover, officers are more susceptible to SCA when pursuing or restraining suspects.
Cardiac Science understands the critical role law enforcement plays during a cardiac emergency and has developed a suite of Powerheart AEDs that are ready to use, intuitive, and rugged.
Data estimate that one in 50 high schools has an SCA incident – either student or faculty – on school grounds each year. And in the United States alone, one young athlete dies every three days from an unrecognized cardiovascular disorder.
Parents count on school administrators to keep their children safe – in class, in the halls, and on the athletic fields.
Many SCA victims are without symptoms or prior cardiac conditions. The only effective treatment for SCA is a shock from a defibrillator, administered as quickly as possible. The sooner a victim is treated with a defibrillator, the better the victim’s chance of survival. According to American Heart Association, defibrillation within three minutes of SCA raises the chance of survival to more than 70 percent.
In an emergency, Powerheart AEDs are easy to use When SCA strikes, every second is critical. We designed our Powerheart G5 and G3 AEDs to help minimize rescue times. When the rescuer applies the pads, the device analyzes the heart rhythm and delivers the shock when needed. These AEDs are easy to use for almost anyone and require minimal training. For SCA victims, a Powerheart AED – and you – may save a life.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) accounts for 13 percent of all workplace fatalities and is the leading cause of death in the United States.
The importance of AEDs Investing in AEDs and making early defibrillation a part of your emergency-response plan is important. Here’s why:
- Defibrillation within three minutes of SCA increases the chances of survival to 70 percent. A shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent.
- Calling 911 is necessary but the wait for first responders may take too long. The average call-to-shock time in a typical community is nine minutes.
- OSHA now recommends AEDs in the workplace, and legislation in your state may require workplaces to provide them.
Because the only effective treatment for SCA is an immediate shock from a defibrillator, you must provide emergency care to the victim quickly. The Powerheart G5 AED can help you provide life-saving therapy.
Whether it is located on an engine, in a supervisor vehicle, or in the jump bag of a rig, the Powerheart G5 is ready for quick, simple operation in demanding environments. This AED is designed with emergency first responders in mind and provides you with:
- Advanced prompt configuration for professional responders and enhanced prompting for lay responders in the community.
- Variable escalating energy that determines the electrical impedance of each patient to customize the energy level delivered and escalates the energy delivery if the patient does not respond to the first shock.
- Sub-10 second shock time to decrease hands-off time.
- Synchronized shock to effectively convert abnormal heart rhythms.
- Customizable settings to match your medical director’s shock and CPR protocols today, and the flexibility should they change in the future.
- Event data that can be collected via a standard USB stick or USB cable, which can expedite uploading critical data and help speed up transfer of care.
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“Having an AED is as important as having a fire extinguisher. Actually, if I had to choose between the two, I would probably pick the AED.”
- Debbie Gilchrist, Corpus Christi Schools where a student was revived with an AED
He protects lives. An AED saved his. When one of Indiana’s Finest collapsed, a Powerheart® AED was there.
“If it wasn’t for one of these devices, I probably wouldn’t be here today.”
Lt. Regis Thimons, a detective with the St. Joseph County Police Department in South Bend, Indiana, was an early advocate for AEDs. His advocacy would save his life.
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Cardiac arrest survival greatly increases when bystanders use an automated external defibrillator
February 27, 2018
Survival from cardiac arrest doubled when a bystander stepped in to apply an automated external defibrillator (AED) before emergency responders arrived, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.