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Why Your Gym Needs an AED According to an ER Physician

  Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can strike anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, even during exercise sessions. Having an automated external defibrillator (AED) on-site can help staff and other gym go-ers give immediate medical assistance to increase the chances of survival.    Having an AED also gives those working out peace of mind that their gym is equipped with machines that keep them in shape and one that could potentially save their lives!     With 30+ years of experience in emergency medicine, Dr. S. Joanne Dames shares her first-hand experience using an AED in a gym setting and …

What to Do When Standard CPR Doesn’t Work on an Infant or Child?

Infant and child sudden cardiac arrest does happen. Knowing what to do quickly when it strikes is crucial to their survival.

Meet Brady McLaughlin

Brady McLaughlin, MS, NREMT Brady McLaughlin is a dedicated and servant-minded leader with a profound passion for emergency response and management specialties. As the CEO of GoRescue Brands, Inc., Brady oversees a family of five life-saving brands, each committed to empowering individuals to be prepared to save lives every day.    With an extensive and diverse background in emergency services, Brady has served in various capacities, including municipal, county, and state police roles. His experience includes:  Chief of Police State police agent Professional firefighter/EMT Adjunct university instructor DHS incident command instructor    Brady recognized the overwhelming need for quality and …

Meet Chris Siska

  Chris Siska, EMT, Owner/Instructor at CPR and More   ​​Chris Siska, EMT, and owner/instructor at CPR and More has been in the first response industry for 15+ years. Chris grew up in Southern California around Orange County. He then moved to the Inland Empire in 2003.   Previous to choosing the Public Safety industry, Chris was in management and real estate before becoming an EMT-B. He attended UCLA for his EMT courses and Mt. SAC for Fire Science. Chris’s journey started as an EMT-B in 2006. His dedication to his community in the emergency response industry continued when he …

Difference Between Fully Automatic and Semi-Automatic AEDs

Table of Contents Key Differences Between Fully Automatic vs. Semi-Automatic Key Similarities Between Fully Automatic vs. Semi-Automatic Fully Automatic AEDs Semi-Automatic AEDs Choosing the Right AED for Your Needs Types of AEDs Available   Would you know what to do if you were faced with an emergency and the only way to save the victim was to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)? Too many bystanders willing to help during an emergency don’t due to the fear of not being educated enough to save a person’s life.     Luckily, AED machines are made for the lay rescuer with easy-to-use …

Choosing the Right CPR Training Manikin for Your Training Needs

Table of Contents Basic CPR Manikins Value Pack CPR Manikins Speciality CPR Manikins Professional CPR Manikins CPR Manikin Comparison   When learning a life-saving skill like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), picking the perfect training manikin is a big deal that can boost your learning experience. All emergencies are different, and victims you come in contact with may have different needs, making the manikin you train on a vital asset to the information you learn from a CPR training course.   Whether you are a student or an instructor, your choice of manikin can make a difference in how well you grasp …

Maintaining and Cleaning CPR Manikins

  How to Maintain and Clean Your CPR Manikins Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR, instructors have the power to give students knowledge on the technical performance of a life-saving skill set. CPR manikins are a critical part of CPR training courses as this equipment helps expose students to a realistic situation they might encounter with a victim. However, a vital aspect often overlooked is cleaning and maintaining manikins.    Why Cleaning and Maintaining a CPR Manikin is Important  The hygiene and functionality of the CPR manikin are part of a CPR instructor’s commitment to delivering high-quality, safe, and impactful training. Proper maintenance …

Q&A: AEDSuperstore’s New Fixed Payment Program

One aspect of employee and customer well-being includes having an emergency action plan, which, more often than not, means investing in an AED program. However, maintenance of AEDs, training employees, constant changes in AED rules and regulations, and the upfront costs of an AED can be challenging to balance in addition to running a business.  Q: Who is eligible for the Fixed Payment Solution program?  A: The Fixed Payment Solution is tailored to organizations seeking to establish or expand their AED program with ten or more AEDs to reduce not only the upfront burden but also streamline day-to-day oversight. If …

The Rise in Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Are You Prepared?

Son to NBA star LeBron James, Bronny James, suffered sudden cardiac arrest on July 24th while participating in his morning workout routine. Young James, entering his first year at the University of Southern California (USC), was attended by medical and athletic staff who could quickly administer an emergency action plan. Using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an automated external defibrillator (AED) on USC’s campus, James recovered in the ICU and is now home with the rest of the James gang.  Recent Rise in Known Athletes Suffering SCA Events Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who has resumed his career after suffering cardiac …

Valuable Add-Ons to Your CPR Training Course

CPR Training Supplies for CPR Trainers As a CPR instructor, you understand the importance of providing the best possible training to your students. To ensure their success in real-life emergency situations, it’s crucial to offer practical experiences that closely simulate real-world scenarios. While the core of CPR training remains consistent, there are a few valuable add-ons and important CPR accessories you may not know about that can enhance your training courses to provide the ultimate realism for your students.    PRESTAN Female Accessory  The PRESTAN Female Accessory is the ultimate training tool designed to give realistic female features to your …

Can I Store My AED Outside? 

Warming temperatures call for hot questions about whether the heat is safe for your lifesaving device In the heat of the summer, our concerns about the performance of life-saving devices like automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may have us wondering if keeping an AED stored outside is safe. Whether in an outdoor shed or the trunk of your car, just as extreme cold can affect an AED’s functionality, so can excessive heat. Here’s why! What temperature should I store my AED? Be sure to store your device in temperatures that don’t exceed the standard limit to ensure the longevity of your …

Summer Safety Starts with CPR

CPR/AED/First Aid Training: What do you learn in this training? Emergency situations are heightened during summer months when the heat is rising and the majority of days are spent at the beach or by the pool. Knowing the basics of CPR, how to use an AED, and learning first aid can help prevent summer hazards that sometimes may be unavoidable. Follow along as we dive into the different components of a CPR/AED/First Aid course and how this training can help ensure a safe summer ahead. Table of Contents CPR How to use an AED First Aid Training What you will …

When and How to Use a Tourniquet: Life-saving Techniques

What is a Tourniquet? When someone is suffering from traumatic blood loss, a tourniquet is an emergency medical device that can help treat an injury until professional help arrives. It is designed to apply pressure to a limb in order to temporarily stop the flow of blood through a vein or artery. Learning how to use a tourniquet is crucial in emergency situations involving life-threatening bleeding, as every second counts, especially if a severe bleeding injury occurs that causes rapid blood loss. Being prepared with a tourniquet and knowing how to correctly apply a tourniquet can help save an injured …

Where Should Bleeding Control Kits Be Placed? 

   Bleeding control kits are a critical component for school systems, and even required in some states. The 2022 calendar year broke the record for the most school shootings in the past 4 decades making it one of the most dangerous years for teens between the ages of 12-17.1     Although there is no official requirement on how many kits each school should have, we recommend multiple kits be available to accommodate the number of victims that may need access to these life-saving tools. Uncontrolled bleeding is responsible for 35% of prehospital trauma deaths and within the first 24 hours, …

Commotio Cordis Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention | AED Superstore

Do You Know the Signs of Commotio Cordis? Baseball season is here! As players begin to prep for the season, so do coaches and athletic trainers. All athletes have a high risk of injury when it comes to contact sports, however, pitchers, catchers, and batters have the highest risk of commotio cordis due to the frequent chest wall strikes and potential blunt chest trauma from a baseball.1    What is Commotio Cordis?  Commotio Cordis occurs when an object, like a baseball, hockey puck, or even an elbow, strikes the chest directly over the heart during the critical moment of the heartbeat. …

Global Supply Chain Update: National AED Shortages

Recently the FDA released a national AED shortage notice that highlights the decrease in availability of medical equipment, devices, and life-saving technology like AEDs. Whether this is your first-time hearing of this global shortage, or you have experienced the delays first-hand, we want to ensure your understanding of what AEDSuperstore is doing to alleviate the disruption in our shipping process.     Why is there a national AED shortage?    Global supply chain issues as well as recent events in the news such as the NFL’s Damar Hamlin story, have increased the demand for these rescue devices and their accessories. Global supply …

CPR & Choking: Why You Need a LifeVac

  When someone is choking with a completely blocked airway, oxygen cannot reach the lungs. Because the brain is extremely sensitive to the lack of oxygen, brain damage can occur in as little as 4 to 6 minutes. During these first few minutes, first aid must take place to save a person’s life.   First aid classes teach us how to do the Heimlich maneuver if an individual is choking, or how to perform back blows to a choking infant or toddler to dislodge any food or item blocking their airway. However, many questions that may be unanswered come into …