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Your budget request was finally approved to update the pool at your community center! While this is an exciting time to start planning your renovation, it also presents the perfect opportunity to revisit your center's emergency response plan. Of the 350,000 people who suffer a cardiac arrest in the US each year, only about 10% have a public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is applied. Survival nearly doubles when a public AED is used to deliver the first shock when compared to waiting for first responders. In cardiac arrest, the sooner an AED is applied, the better the chance for survival. Automated...

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Section 44-76 of the South Carolina Code of Laws sets standards for Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices for owners of the devices.  This statute has many very important components related to the supervision, training, maintenance, testing, use and reporting requirements related to AED devices. South Carolina law requires that persons or entities that have an AED must assign an AED Liaison to supervise the device.  The AED Liaison must be a healthcare professional licensed in South Carolina.  The AED Liaison has some important responsibilities: Establishing a training plan to ensure that potential AED users have current training in CPR and AED...

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Stryker Corporation has announced that it will no longer support some of its older defibrillator products later this year. The announcement, posted on their website, ends support for the LIFEPAK 12 monitor/defibrillator, LIFEPAK 20 defibrillator/monitor, LIFEPAK 500 defibrillator, and HeartSine samaritan PAD 300 and 300P. The existing product line including the LIFEPAK 15, LIFEPAK 1000, LIFEPAK 20e, LIFEPAK CR2, LIFEPAK CR Plus and the HeartSine family of AEDs (350P, 360P, and 450P) will continue to be supported by Stryker. The LIFEPAK 12 and LIFEPAK 20 units were primarily used by hospital and EMS customers. The LIFEPAK 500 was popular as...

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Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the US and abroad.  It can happen to anyone, at any place, and any time regardless of gender, physical condition, or age.  People who experience cardiac arrest have only minutes for a series of very important actions to happen: Recognition of the emergency and calling 911 Immediate CPR to pump oxygenated blood to the brain, heart, and organs Defibrillation using an AED to "reset" the heart and allow it to begin pumping normally Fast arrival of advanced life support from paramedics and transportation to definitive care These actions serve as individual...

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As the Health and Safety Manager of your workplace, you've finally completed the seemingly endless process of researching, budgeting, purchasing, and installing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the wall of the break room.  You've arranged for a team of employees to undergo Heartsaver CPR AED training with the American Heart Association.  Now it's time to check this task off your list and move on to the dozens of other assignments you've fallen behind on. Unfortunately the technology that makes AEDs function requires human intervention to ensure devices are ready to do their job. AED technology has come a long way...

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