AEDs, a Critical Safety Device
Why AEDs are Important for Every Facility
An AED is an automated external defibrillator, a small portable device used to diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmia’s. Having these devices is critical to human safety no matter the facility they are in. Unfortunately, anyone can experience a heart attack, although there are some factors that increase the chances, it can happen anywhere at any time. Keep reading to learn why having an AED in every facility is critical.
The effective use of AEDs make news headlines every week in our society, from a target employee using one, to use at an airport. AEDs are necessary for any and all facilities to have because their need is not just at a hospital, or at a school. It may be needed at a baseball game, while grocery shopping, while watching a movie, or while attending a church service. When talking about investing in safety and security, I am always reminded of the saying, “if you were the one in trouble, you’d wish someone would help.” Without an AED on site, the only thing bystanders can do is call for help and hope it arrives in time.
That brings me to my next point, if you have an AED in your facility, there needs to be multiple people trained on how to use it correctly. Why multiple people? If you only train one or two people, one may be experiencing the cardiac arrhythmia, and the other may be out sick. Having 4-5 trained safety team members or staff will prove valuable when someone’s life is on the line.
Training people on how to use it is not the only important factor, though it must be kept in a central, easy to find and accessible location. Many times, an AED is marked with a large red sticker that reads “AED” which is a universal method to ensure people know where it is located.
AEDs can be costly, but there are ways to cut down on the out of pocket expense. For instance, often time’s grants are offered to purchase an AED for your facility, or the ability to receive a partial grant from your local responders such as fire, law enforcement, or medical emergency professionals. If you are a small private school, place of worship or small theater you may consider raising the funds to purchase an AED, if people know you are striving for a safer place for them, they will be more likely to help invest in that.
What we want you to understand from this is that AEDs greatly increase survival rate and without one, or without being trained to use it, the clock is ticking for a person’s safety. AEDs are worth investing in and you never know, one day you may need one to save yours or another’s life.