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Mobile Fire-Rescue Department EMS Division. EMS Chief AED PRESENTATION. What Are AEDs?. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) allow trained lay rescuers to successfully deliver defibrillation even before EMS can arrive.

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Mobile Fire-Rescue Department EMS Division

EMS Chief

AED PRESENTATION


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What Are AEDs?

  • Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) allow trained lay rescuers to successfully deliver defibrillation even before EMS can arrive.

  • AEDs are safe, effective, lightweight, durable, low maintenance and easy to use.

  • AEDs interpret heart rhythm and determine if a shock is required. The unit prompts the rescuer to deliver the shock, if necessary. An AED will NOT shock someone who does not need defibrillation.


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The ONLY known solution for

ventricular fibrillation is . . .

EARLY

DEFIBRILLATION

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

  • The heart stops abruptly and unconsciousness follows

  • Usually caused by Ventricular Fibrillation (abnormal chaotic heart rhythm which causes the heart’s pumping action to quickly stop). Not the same as heart attack

  • Results in death if not treated immediately


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followed by public locations, such as:

  • Work Sites

  • Airports

  • Churches

  • Event Centers

  • Anywhere large amountsof people congregate

Where Do Most Sudden Cardiac Arrests Occur?

Most Sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home


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The Impact of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • 340,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) - that is about 900 per day!

  • 90% of SCAs occur outside of the hospital

  • Less than 5% survive SCA

  • If AEDs were more readily available, approximately 50,000 lives could be saved each year


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What Can YOU do to Help?

Be a Strong Link in theChain of Survival

Early Defibrillation


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What About Liability?

  • You are Covered by Law:

    • Alabama’s Good Samaritan Act

    • Federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA)

  • A person experiencing an SCA is clinically dead. Use of an AED to resuscitate can do no additional harm

  • Perceived standard of care

  • Proving medical causation is extremely difficult (who caused the death)


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Get the Patient to the Hospital


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QUESTIONS

THE END


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