Telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR): Meaning, Challenges & Outcomes

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For people who experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), the first line of help is often a bystander, or a loved one in their home who sees they are in trouble and calls 911. Since cardiac arrest usually occurs suddenly, often the first people to help are bystanders with no medical training. Even without medical training, laypeople can…

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Study Indicates AEDs are Saving Lives in Schools

Avive School AED

Placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools is an efficient way to curb out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (OHCA) deaths if a recent study carried out by researchers at New York University College of Nursing is to go by. Schools represent one of the most important frontiers in the fight against (OHCA). In the US, health organizations…

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AED Signage Requirements: State AED Laws

AED Signage Placement

When a cardiac emergency happens, bystanders need to take immediate action by calling 911, initiating CPR, and locating the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Having signage posted and visible to help community responders find AEDs when they need them is just as important as having signage in place to direct people to fire exits. An AED…

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New Connecticut AED Law Requires Health Clubs to Have an AED

New Connecticut AED Law

According to the Red Cross, “Sudden Cardiac Arrest is among the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, more than 350,000 people will suffer a cardiac arrest this year. Currently, the only way to restore a regular heart rhythm during cardiac arrest is to use an AED.”[1] And even more concerning is…

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Cardioversion vs. Defibrillation: Everything You Need to Know

Cardioversion Vs Defibrillation

Cardioversion and defibrillation are both treatments which treat abnormal heart rhythms, called arrhythmias. Arrhythmias can occur in healthy hearts and, most of the time, they are both short-lived and harmless. However, serious arrhythmias that are prolonged and significantly disrupt heart function are very dangerous. Certain types of arrhythmia can even lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest…

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New Texas Legislation Leads the Way Into the Future of AEDs

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On September 1, 2021, a pioneering Texas law regarding AEDs came into effect. The new law (SB199) and its companion (HB786) work together to limit civil liability for the use, attempted use, or failure to use an AED, while simultaneously requiring 911 dispatchers to be properly trained in providing instructions over the phone to untrained…

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What are Universal Precautions?

AED Rescue Kit - What are Universal Precautions?

Working in a hospital setting is not an easy job. Working with patients can be dangerous if you are not careful. There are endless precautions to take and terms to know. In order to assist someone going into cardiac arrest, you must perform CPR, which could lead to being exposed to bodily fluids. You should always…

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When Not to Use a Defibrillator: Do’s and Don’ts of Using an AED

When Not to Use a Defibrillator: Do’s and Don’ts of Using an AED

Knowing when not to use an AED is just as important as knowing how to use one, and where to find it. Here’s why. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) save over 1,700 lives in the United States every year. However, many Americans do not currently know where to locate AEDs or how to use them. At Avive, we see room for improvement to…

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