Defibrillators Often Kept Behind Locked Doors, According to Study

AEDAutomated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often just the device needed to save the life of someone suffering cardiac arrest. For this reason, they are kept in most public places and private businesses. However, a new study finds that these life-saving devices are not always easy to get to.

Timothy Chan, a researcher at the University of Toronto, and his team of researchers looked at the cases of 451 Toronto residents who went into cardiac arrest within 100 meters of an AED — about a football field’s distance. One-quarter of the time, the devices were behind locked doors. They found that venues such as schools, office buildings, and recreational facilities with AEDs were locked during off-hours. Unfortunately, two-thirds of cardiac arrests in the study happened over nights and weekends.

Making AEDs Available to the Public

It makes sense to lock doors when your business is closed, and most employers purchase AEDs with only employees in mind so storing behind those locked doors is only logical. If we could figure out a way to make more privately purchased AEDs available to the public, we might be able to make some serious safety improvements. Work is being done to solve these issues, such as an app that shows users where the nearest AED is or companies working to create weather- and vandalism-proof AED containers. One of Chan’s ideas is for banks to make AEDs available in ATM lobbies.

Of course, in order for these plans to be feasible the general public must have CPR and AED training to use these devices. At Cardiac Care & Safety, Inc, we make this training affordable, efficient, and convenient. For more information on the study mentioned above, check out this article from HealthDay.

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Now Scheduling CPR Classes in 2016

CPR TrainingIs your New Year’s resolution to create a safer work environment? If not, it should be! CPR, AED, and first aid training are essential to ensuring that your workplace (office or warehouse) is prepared for any emergency. After all, it could be your life that needs saving.

We are in the process of setting up our training sessions for 2016, and we’d like to hear from you if you’re interested. Safety isn’t something you should continue putting off. Our training sessions come to you. For companies and organizations of all sizes, it makes more sense for the classes to take place at your business. If you’re an individual looking for CPR/AED training, click here.

You’ll receive hands-on instruction from highly qualified trainers. This experience really is the best way to practice for a real life emergency. In addition, you’ll learn valuable lessons and tactics for accident prevention. Specifically, our training topics include:

  • Basic Life Support CPR for the Healthcare Professional
  • Basic Life Support CPR for the Community and Workplace
  • Basic Life Support Pediatric CPR
  • Basic First Aid
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Emergency O2
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Dental Continuing Education

You can also reach us at 215-886-9280 with any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We have Winners!

We are excited to share the news that the grand prize winners of the MyHeartMap Challenge have been announced. You can read all about it here.

If you are not familiar with the initiative read about it here.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year. To put that in perspective SCA kills 1,000 people a day or 1 every 2 minutes.

Are you prepared to handle a sudden cardiac arrest? Does your workplace have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)? Do you or your coworkers need to updated on your CPR? If it has been years since you took a class you may be pleasantly surprised with the changes that have simplified the process. Contact us today to join a class or have us come out to train a group at your organization (215) 886-9280 or .

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