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Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are incredibly valuable, sophisticated devices that can provide a patient in Cardiac Arrest with the best chance of survival.

While providing early chest compressions and breaths (CPR) in a resuscitation attempt are critical, the most effective way to convert a patient’s cardiac arrest rhythm back to normal in an out-of-hospital setting is with an electric shock from an AED.

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Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States in Both Men and Women. Research and studies show that roughly 50% of Cardiac Arrests are unwitnessed, and only about 10% of patients who experience a cardiac arrest in an out-of-hospital setting survive to hospital discharge (1). Because of these staggering statistics the importance of early bystander CPR and implementation of an AED during the early stages of a Cardiac Arrest remain very high priorities for healthcare professionals and the American Heart Association. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) allows us to circulate the blood and oxygen for a victim in...

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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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