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Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Monday, November 21, 2016 10:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

CYC recently purchased a portable Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and has installed it on the interior west wall of the Clubhouse near the sliding door.

What is an AED?

AED’s are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating effectively.  The device automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a person and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. 

Does CYC need this . . . why not wait until an emergency responder arrives?

SCA is a leading cause of death in adults . . .and children!  Time is of the essence!  Treatment delays beyond 4 to 5 minutes decreases survival chances significantly.  For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%.  The average response time for first responders after a 911 call is 8 – 12 minutes. The prompt use of an AED with CPR techniques saves lives . . . nearly 70% of victims of the most common cause of SCA can survive when treated early with CPR and shock from a defibrillator. 

The device is very simple to operate!

While training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated defibrillator is desirable, studies have shown that the lack of training should not restrain an attempt in emergencies.  The Club has purchased a device designed for those who have never used an AED.  It guides the responder through every step.  Simply pull a handle to activate the AED and voice instructions guide you through the entire process – from correctly placing each pad on the person to performing CPR.  It even guides you on the frequency and depth of chest compressions, as well as breaths.  Special sensors in the pads provide feedback so the instructions are specific to the situation. 

The AED assesses the person’s heart rhythm.  If a shock is advised, it directs you to press a flashing button.  If it determines that a shock is not called for, it won’t deliver a shock even if you press the button.

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