About SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest)

Over 350,000 people in the U.S. die of sudden cardiac arrest every year before receiving the emergency care. Up to 50,000 of these deaths could have been prevented if an AED - automated external defibrillator ( AED ) had been available and someone had initiated care immediately at the time of the emergency.  An AED is the only device that may save your life during a cardiac arrest. 

 

What is AED? 

AED is an Automated External Defibrillator, a device that evaluates the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victim’s heart rhythm with electrodes and delivers an electrical shock to the heart in order to restore the electrical activity so it can pump blood again. An AED is a device that analyzes and looks for shockable heart rhythms, advises the rescuer of the need for defibrillation and delivers a shock if needed.

The AED is a self-testing, battery-operated device that is portable. Operation is quite simple: After applying the AED’s electrodes (pads) to the patient’s chest, the AED automatically analyzes the patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG) and either automatically delivers or advises an operator to deliver a shock if needed. The device walks the operator through the rescue using a combination of voice prompts, audible alerts, and visible indicators, depending on the model you have.

AED Professionals recommends site-specific AED programs tailored to meet the unique and individual needs of your organization.  That includes specific type of AED model, number and location of AEDs required for optimal response.  AED Professionals also makes recommendation as to the number of persons to be trained as AED Responders, designs AED Responder activation systems, and makes suggestions on how to coordinate the AED program with the local EMS organizations.

 

Who wouldn't want to own an AED?

They are affordable, portable, and anyone can use it to save a life in case of an SCA emergency. 

During Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the electrical system of the heart malfunctions. The heart, instead of pumping in a normal rhythm, begins to quiver. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere without any prior warning or symptoms. In such a situation, an automated external defibrillator is the only device able to give the victim chance to survive. However, the unit must be available within five minutes or less.

For reference, the average time for Emergency Services to respond to a 911 call is 7 to 12 minutes.

 

How do I use an AED?

AEDs are medical devices that are simple enough for anyone from the lay-responder to trained EMS personnel to use. AEDs provide auditory and visual prompts to assist EMS personnel or any first responder in treating a victim of SCA.  When AEDs are used in conjunction with CPR, they can increase survival rates between 50 and 80 percent.  AED Professionals provides a comprehensive AED program that includes AED selection, AED essential accessories, training and the required medical-oversight. In addition to being carried by police and ambulance crews, AEDs are now commonly available in many public places, including malls, office buildings, sports arenas, golf courses, cruise ships, schools, casinos, airports and airplanes..