All AED brands are designed to offer immediate first aid, but Georgia CPR has chosen Philips based on research and ratings that rank it as the best choice for ease of use, product reliability, product efficacy, and manufacturer service and support.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Before you buy any AED, consider the available information from scientifically conducted studies:
- “When Every Minute Counts, All Automatic External Defibrillators Are Not Created Equal” by Anthony D. Andre, Ph.D.
- “Efficacy of Lower-Energy Biphasic shocks for Transthoracic Defibrillation” by Higgins, et al
- A Summary Of Randomized Out-Of-Hospital Biphasic Defibrillation Trials.
Before you purchase an Automated External Defibrillator, do a Google search on “defibrillator recalls.” Also review manufacturer recall information so you know which brands have issues and recalls on their AED equipment in the past. An easy way to do this is at an independent review site:
Begin your review with a year and month, then hit both CONTROL+F and type the word “defibrillator.” Hit return and you’ll find important recall information on various models of public AEDs–the results will speak for themselves.
IMPROVING THE ODDS OF SURVIVAL: CPR + AED.
For every minute after the heart has stopped, the patient loses 10% of his chance to survive. Thus, after ten minutes waiting for Paramedics–the persons chances for survival are poor. CPR training and the use of a defibrillator can significantly increase this person’s chance of survival.
The American Heart Association CPR First Aid Chain of Survival:
Early 911+Early CPR=Early AED administered+ACLS drugs/ paramedics
General CPR and AED facts:
- Heart Attack is the number one killer of adults according to the American Heart Association, killing more than 400,000 people a year.
- The American Heart Association says 40,000 lives could be saved yearly with more AEDs.
- Without treatment, victims have only minutes to live, but with first aid CPR and defibrillation, the survival rate can exceed 50%.
- If the necessary life-saving equipment and first aid does not arrive in time, typical survival rates are only 2%-5%.
- 80 percent of all sudden cardiac arrests happen at home, and almost 60 percent are witnessed (as stated by the American Heart Association).
- 80% of what a paramedic does is defibrillate.
- The American Heart Association reports that brain damage can start to occur in just four to six minutes after the heart stops pumping blood.
- AEDs should be brought to a patient’s side in less than 4 minutes. Response time should be calculated based on a moderately brisk walking speed of approximately 4 feet per second.
- To meet a response time goal of 3 minutes, the defibrillator needs to be within 360 feet (90 seconds times 4 feet/second) of any given place.
- The American Heart Association encourages the widespread use of AEDs by trained lay rescuers through community AED programs
- Studies have shown that the need to climb stairs or use elevators can significantly slow response time. As a rule, for multi-story buildings, a minimum of one defibrillator per floor is recommended.
- A Georgia CPR instructor can advise you on all of these issues and answer any other questions you may have about your office or personal AED and first aid procedures.