ZOLL Medical’s goal is to make early defibrillation more accessible. Every year more than 950,000 adult Americans die from cardiovascular disease, making it the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of at least 250,000 of those Americans before they reach a hospital
Cardiac Arrest strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, usually without
warning. Many of these lives could be saved if bystanders act promptly to
phone 911 and begin CPR, and if trained responders provide defibrillation within minutes.
The AED Plus is more than a defibrillator. ZOLL has developed a full resuscitation device which not only delivers a shock to a patient when necessary but it also reinforces your CPR training by voice and visual prompts going through all of the steps to CPR.
Early defibrillation helps save lives
According to American Heart Association implementing a QUALITY AED program involves four key elements:
- Medical Oversight and Quality Improvement
- Notifying the Local EMS Agency
- Protocol for reporting an emergency
a. Where AED’s are located
b. Process for sharing event data
c. Selecting, Placing and Maintaining AEDs
Provides Lifesaving Defibrillation
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that analyzes the hearts rhythm and, if necessary, allows a rescuer to deliver an electric shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. This shock, called defibrillation, may halt the rapid and chaotic heart activity of sudden cardiac arrest, and help the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm of its own.
Portable and Automated
About the size of a laptop computer, an AED typically consist of a main unit that provides controls and instructions, and detachable electrodes that the rescuer puts on the victims body. The latest AEDs are remarkably simple to use. They automatically detect what treatment is appropriate for the victim, and give rescuers instructions for administering treatment (usually via audio prompts).
For Use by Many Types of Rescuers
AEDs are used in hospitals and by Emergency Medical Services personnel and first responders like policemen and fire fighters. Their simplicity and reliability also allows use by minimally trained laypersons like security guards, health club employees, flight attendants and office managers.
The Potential for AEDs
Because sudden cardiac arrest is most effectively treated within the first few seconds or minutes of a sudden collapse, AEDs have the potential to save thousands of lives that could be lost if treatment is delayed until ambulances travel to the scene of a cardiac arrest. The American Heart Associations Early Defibrillation movement aims to put AEDs in the hands of all emergency responders and in public places like airports, shopping malls, health clubs, and office buildings. As a result, the potential market for AEDs is very large.
Early Defibrillation Saves Lives
Sudden cardiac arrest strikes up to 350,000 Americans each year. Most commonly, the victim is suffering from a disorder called ventricular fibrillation (VF)-a chaotic rhythm in the main pumping chamber of the heart. In this case, the victim needs defibrillation-an electric shock to correct the hearts rhythm. (In other cases, the victim may need only CPR.)
The earlier defibrillation is administered, the better. With every passing minute after sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the odds of the victims survival decrease by 7-10%. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that early defibrillation could raise survival rates 30 percent or more.
Makes Early Defibrillation More Accessible
Making it possible for laypersons or first responders on the scene to rapidly administer defibrillation could save thousands of lives every year. The public access defibrillation (PAD) movement, supported by the AHA, would put automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all emergency vehicles and public places, where first responders or trained laypersons (security guards, flight attendants, office managers, etc.) could use them to quickly treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
According to the AHA, PAD...has the potential to be the single greatest advance in the treatment of VF cardiac arrest since the invention of CPR.
The latest models of AEDs are remarkably simple to use, automatically detecting which treatment the victim needs, and telling the rescuer exactly what to do.