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This December, AED Superstore continues our outreach efforts into the greater CPR and AED community by attending the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference. The conference aligns with the recent release of the 2015 Resuscitation Guidelines and offers us a unique opportunity to gather insights to bring to our customers. The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update Conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California connects a wide array of advocates, resuscitation professionals, EMT’s, community responders, researchers and sudden cardiac arrest survivors. December 8-11, 2015  will be a weeklong conference devoted to helping citizens and communities save lives. At the …

Every year on September 29 we observe World Heart Day which was established to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Responsible for more than 17 million deaths each year worldwide, CVD is the world’s number one cause of death. World Heart Day is the day for the global population to participate in a worldwide intervention against those factors which contribute to CVD. This year’s World Heart Day focus will be on providing a heart healthy environment where you live, work, and play. It’s time to pay particular attention to things which may be deleterious to a healthy heart. Perhaps making …

A study done in Sweden determined a mobile phone app is effective in getting help to a person in need more quickly than the typical response time from emergency services. When dealing with sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), minutes, if not seconds, are like gold. The sooner CPR is started, the better the chance for survival. SMS Lifesavers is a mobile phone application which uses technology similar to other social apps. Combining GPS geo-location technology with a type of friend-finder app, SMS Lifesavers sends a text message to registered users providing the location of a person in need of CPR. The …

  National EMS Week this year runs from May 17-23. This is the time when local communities and medical personnel come together to recognize and pay tribute to those who are on the frontline of providing medical services. Sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), this year’s theme is “EMS Strong.”                                                                                                                                                     EMS, emergency medical services, began back in 1973 with the passing of the Emergency Medical Systems Act. This Act established regional EMS systems through the administration of federal grants. The Act also listed 15 elements of a …

PulsePoint Foundation, along with marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, has developed a couple of apps that are making a difference in many locations across the country. PulsePoint Respond is an application designed to notify your phone if there is someone nearby that requires immediate assistance. PulsePoint AED is an application that can pinpoint the location of the nearest AED. Both apps require that the municipality has procured the PulsePoint software and is using the technology. If you are trained in CPR, and you download the PulsePoint Respond app, your mobile device can receive emergency alerts detailing the nature of the situation. For example: A victim of SCA is down and unresponsive. …

New Jersey has joined the growing list of states taking action to prevent the loss of life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Acting New Jersey Governor Kim Guadagno signed into law Assembly Bill A2072, which requires public and charter high school students be taught CPR and AED use as a requirement toward graduation. The bipartisan-sponsored bill was signed into law at the same Burlington Township, NJ school where a student had collapsed and was revived by staff members who had been trained in CPR and AED use. Speakers at the event included a nurse that participated in the rescue of that student, and another …

The week of June 1 – 7 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week. During this week, and throughout the month of June, AED Superstore would like to stress the importance of learning CPR, and awareness of AEDs. The AHA’s “Hands-Only” method of CPR has simplified the life-saving technique by placing the emphasis on chest compressions and keeping the blood flowing to vital organs. Without the complication of rescue breaths, which may cause trepidation by some, more potential rescuers are willing to attempt CPR. AEDs are becoming more prominent in many locations, but it is important to have knowledge of their location …

According to WDAF-TV in Kansas City: Howard Campbell, a congregant of the Good Shepherd Christian Church in Blue Springs, Missouri, wasn’t feeling well one Sunday morning in February this year. He considered skipping church services, just this one time. He can be thankful he attended church that day. During the minister’s sermon, Howard began to feel ill and uncomfortable. He had just asked his wife if he was sweating when he suddenly collapsed, a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Howard’s good fortune that day was determined about six months earlier when a fellow parishoner suffered SCA, but there was no …

Cher Will of Christiansted, St Croix, US Virgin Islands, has done it again. She has donated another AED to a deserving facility in St Croix. Cher Will is the project director of the AED Fund at St Croix Foundation. Cher started the fund back in 2008 after using her own personal AED to save a life, and learning the local fire station did not have one. The recipient of this AED is American Legion Post 85 in Christiansted. As Will stated in an article in The Avis, she had been purchasing all of the AEDs for St Croix from AED …

Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller (Malta), US Virgin Islands, 06/08/13 OSJ Commandery of the West Indies Hospitaller Project – An AED In Every Public Building! Project Director, AED Fund: Cher Will Getting out of your head and into your heart….. Cher Will is a project director for the St Croix Foundation and the OSJ Commandery of the West Indies in the US Virgin Islands. Her goal is to put an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in every public building on St Croix. A series of events led her to this aspiration. Her story is compelling… “Eight years ago, I …

The NHL insists an AED be present in every NHL arena, and that doctors be positioned closer to each bench during the game. Hockey players are some of the most physically well-conditioned athletes, and these incidents prove that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time.

NY State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that since New York State Police vehicles were equipped with AEDs beginning in 2007, they have achieved a save success rate of 15% for individuals suffering sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This is nearly double the national average of 8%. All marked State Police vehicles and state buildings are equipped with AEDs, and troopers receive comprehensive training to use them in emergency situations. Between November 2007 and January 2014, NYSP used their AEDs 1,095 times with 170 saves. SCA is one of the leading causes of death in the USA. The American Heart …

On December 28, 2013, Dan Mannon, from Wilson, WI, was doing what many 17-year-olds would be doing on a winter outing. He had just completed his first snowboarding run at Afton Alps in Hastings, MN, and was heading to the ski lift to take another trip down the slope. Shane Linehan, a former Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy was spending some time with his daughters at the same resort. Their paths were about to cross in a way no one could have imagined. As Dan moved to take a spot in the ski lift line he suddenly crumpled and fell, apparently suffering sudden …

On a recent Sunday morning, a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Newberg, Oregon was walking down the steps after the service and suddenly collapsed. He had stopped breathing, was unresponsive, and had no discernible pulse, the classic symptoms of SCA (sudden cardiac arrest). Immediately, three men began performing CPR while the AED was being retrieved. The AED delivered therapy 3 times before the EMTs arrived at the scene and took over. According to the EMTs, if the church did not have an AED, the patient would not have survived. AED Superstore wishes to recognize those whose actions contributed …

AEDs have been around for awhile, now. Their design has made them simple to use, for professionals as well as for the layperson. Even though they are not as sparse as they once were, there are still needs to be met in both the workplace and the community. It is easy to see where AED placement would be beneficial. Having AEDs in medical & dental clinics, rescue & transport vehicles, and convalescent centers makes sense, right? How about airports, fitness clubs, schools, churches? Perhaps sporting events, or community centers? Locations with a higher frequency of “at risk” people makes good sense, …