Are you prepared should a medical emergency occur?
It may seem like that AED (automated external defibrillator) is just collecting dust in the corner, but the truth is, you'll never know when you might need it. Medical emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and to people who appear to be perfectly healthy. We hope you never have to use one, but should the occasion arise, it doesn't hurt to be prepared – especially because they're very simple to use and could save a life!
According to the National Institute of Health, an AED is to be used for people whose heart has stopped from sudden cardiac arrest. Typically, fainting is the first sign, so if you see a person faint or is already unconscious, gently nudge them, and speak loudly to check to see if they respond. Make sure they're breathing and have a pulse. If not, send someone to call 911 (or if nobody is around, call 911 yourself) and get the AED. If you can send someone to fetch the AED, begin performing CPR until it arrives. In most circumstances, the person must receive first aid within 10 minutes to survive.
When you turn the unit on it will provide auditory instructions telling you exactly what to do. Follow them exactly, and it will go something like this:
Okay, we know what you're thinking, mouth-to-mouth is no longer necessary -- and that's true. The Mayo Clinic recommends that untrained or 'rusty' providers stick to uninterrupted chest compressions of 100 to 120 per minute until help arrives. However, they also say that if you're trained and ready to go, you can provide rescue breaths.
But we'll explore that in another article! And if you'd like your business to receive training, purchase an AED, or anything related to first-aid, look up Quality of Colorado -- they're the best first aid provider in Colorado!
What are your thoughts? Does anyone have anything they'd like to add? If so, let us know in the comments below!