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Real Story behind AED Failures
Approximately 13% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest deaths occur at work. In Canada that represents nearly 4000 deaths each year. The way to save these people is immediate CPR and use of AEDís. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, people who had received some type of bystander resuscitation when they had cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. Only 8.3 percent survived for a month. With bystander defibrillation, the death rate was 78 percent lower! Another words CPR alone has a very low survival rate but when combined with early defibrillation your chances of returning to a high quality of life are significant.
In a study of the University of Louisville, a total of 322 AEDs at 190 unique sites were investigated; the group assessed AEDs in public, non-hospital settings. The team found that more than one-fifth of the devices -- 21 percent -- failed at least one phase of testing. Five percent had expired batteries, failing to power on at all and rendering them useless in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.
"Unfortunately, our data suggests that even when you find an AED in the time of need, it may not work," Sutton said. "These devices require routine upkeep in order to remain functional and ready. This is the major message that our elected officials and community members need to be aware of."
If your workplace made the investment to have an AED; you owe it to yourself to keep it Ready for Use!