Getting Started

Buying your first AED and implementing a cardiac emergency response program can be a daunting task. Our AED resource center is full of guides, how-tos, and other resources you need to take the first step towards a comprehensive cardiac safety program. Start here to feel comfortable and confident when it’s time to make your first AED purchase.

The Ultimate Ambu Bag FAQ

What is an Ambu Bag and who should use one during an emergency? This comprehensive list of questions and answers looks at Ambu bags and bag valve masks in general.

It’s Simple to Save a Life!

During a segment on the Today show, Dr. Oz explains to Matt Lauer the importance and simplicity of hands-only CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use – and why AEDs should be as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers.

What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

An AED is a portable FDA-cleared public-access device designed to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

Unpacking Your AED Program

Congratulations on taking the important, potentially life-saving, step of adding an AED to your business or home!

Existing Owners

Our AED resource center arms you and your team with all the information you need to know about managing and maintaining your AEDs. Learn the latest SCA scientific research, understand the most recent CPR guideline changes, read case studies, and discover more about the AED products and accessories you already own.

Reasons To Replace An Outdated AED

AEDs have been around for more than 20 years now. Many older AEDs are still in service and capable of saving lives.

AED laws

Public Access Defibrillation Laws & Guidelines

A Review of Public Access Defibrillation and the 13 Essential Elements to an Optimum PAD Program The term sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) refers to an electrical malfunction within the cardiac system, causing the heart to stop beating. When SCA occurs, the heart experiences ventricular fibrillation (V-fib/VF) or ventricular tachycardia (V-tach/VT) and the rendering the victim unconscious. The lack of oxygenated blood to the brain causes brain tissue damage and eventually death. Emergency medical services (EMS) respond to approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital SCA each year. On average, less than 8% of those who experience SCA survive the trip to the hospital. The number …

CPR Survival Rates

CPR Survival Rates a Comparison

Cardiac arrests strike without warning, causing a complete loss of consciousness. If someone loses consciousness in front of you and does not respond to being tapped on the shoulders or answer if they are OK, you should call 9-1-1 immediately and get an AED if one is available. If the person has stopped breathing normally, you should administer CPR.[1] In this article we explore CPR survival rates and the science surrounding early response variations in assisting someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. CPR and AEDs are both recommended for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. There are multiple methods for administering CPR and the combination of these variants along …

Research

How can we improve upon the current state of things? How do statistics correlate to improvements? Where can I get the answers to the many questions regarding sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, CPR and more? It all comes from research!

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Statistics

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Statistics

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a serious and often lethal medical condition, but its exact definition, the statistics behind its occurrence, and recorded survival rates are not always in consensus.

EKG: A Quick Reference Guide

A brief explanation of several of the more common EKG waveforms which may be encountered during a cardiac emergency response. This reference guide is by no means complete and is merely intended as a refresher resource. Interpreting an EKG waveform should be performed by certified medical professionals only. Ventricular Fibrillation EKG Characteristics: Ventricular fibrillation exhibits a chaotic rhythm and unmeasurable rate. QRS complexes are non-identifiable as are T and P-waves. The P-R interval is not measurable. Rhythm Chaotic Rate Unmeasurable QRS Absent P wave Absent P-R interval Not measurable Additional Info – What Causes Ventricular Fibrillation? Ventricular fibrillation, also called V-fib, …

Athlete Sudden Cardiac Death

Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

Who’s more at risk for sudden death – young healthy athletes, or older, sedentary adults? Read on to learn more about how sudden cardiac death (SCD) affects everyone, no matter their age, race or gender. Surprisingly, SCD takes the lives of healthy athletes every day. Read on to learn the facts and what can be done about it. Athletes are often idolized for their physical prowess, but despite society’s assumptions of their health and fitness, this group in particular is prone to sudden cardiac death (SCD). When a young athlete is lost to SCD, the impact of this loss can …

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