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AEDs in Health Care Facilities

Whether you work in a private practice, hospital or dental office, your patients are susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Considering that even the best EMS departments can take, on average, 9-minute to respond having an automated external defibrillator (AED) easily accessible may mean the difference between life and death.

The Life-Saving Importance of AEDs

Here are some of the reasons why more and more medical facilities are investing in AEDs and making early defibrillation a part of their emergency response plans:

  • Defibrillation within 3-minute of sudden cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival to 70%. Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90%.
  • Calling 999 is necessary but the wait for first responders may take too long. The average call-to-shock time in a typical community is 9-minute.
  • “Most primary care physicians report at least one emergency in their office per year,” warns Seth L. Toback, MD, FAAP, board-certified medical director in urgent care medicine and pediatrics in Washington, Penn. He found SCA is among the most common adult and childhood emergencies in the office setting.
  • Once defibrillators were restricted to med/surg floors. However, hospitals codes may take place in non-medical areas of the campus such as the cafeteria, lobby or even the parking lot. A code team may not able to respond to an emergency in these areas.
  • Many states have initiated legislation requiring AEDs in dental offices. Additionally, a growing number of states require that AEDs be placed in dental offices where patients receive conscious sedation, deep sedation or general anesthesia. Because these states have established AEDs as a standard of care, the failure to have an AED in your office may create a significant liability risk.

Why a Powerheart is Right for You

ZOLL designed the Powerheart® AED to make rescue as simple as possible for lay rescuers. Once the defibrillation pads are applied, the AED determines if a shock is required and administers one if it’s needed.
Our AEDs also provide:

  • Patented Rescue Ready® technology that self-checks all main AED components (battery, hardware, software, and pads) daily. The AED completes a partial charge of the high-voltage electronics weekly, and a full charge monthly.
  • RescueCoach voice prompts that guide you during a rescue situation.
  • A helpful text screen that runs in tandem with the voice prompts, especially useful for rescuers in noisy environments. The screen also provides valuable rescue information to professional rescuers when they arrive on the scene.
  • Variable escalating energy that determines the electrical impedance (resistance level) of each patient and customizes the energy level delivered. If more than one shock is necessary, our proprietary STAR® biphasic software escalates the energy to deliver therapy at an appropriate, higher level.
  • Extensive warranty is covering the Powerheart® AED, the Intellisense® lithium battery and the Intellisense® Defibrillation pads.
Find out today how your medical facility can become heart safe.