Perhaps you’re thinking about getting an AED, or maybe you already have one. Great! You are making sure that your gym, sports clubs, or athletic facility is ready to save lives from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
So where do you put a defibrillator? How many AED devices do you need? This guide will help provide you with answers to those questions.
The most important thing to consider when placing one or multiple AEDs is Time-To-Defibrillation: the amount of time that elapses between when someone suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest and when they receive a defibrillation shock from an AED. The more time that elapses between the onset of SCA and treatment with an AED, the less likely a victim is to survive. In fact, every minute that passes without a shock from an AED, the patient’s chances of survival decrease by 7-10%.
It is critical to place an AED where it can be accessed easily and quickly! You want to make sure the AED is within a 2-minute walking round trip of any location where an emergency could occur.
Gyms, athletic complexes, and fitness centers with large facilities should have more than one AED to ensure that a defibrillator can always be retrieved for an emergency within 2 minutes from anywhere onsite. In other words, visitors and staff should never be more than a 1-minute walk away from an AED in the facility.
Once you determine where and how many AEDs are needed, it is important to make sure that they are clearly visible and easy to access. Be sure that the height of the AED does not exceed 48 inches to ensure universal accessibility. Defibrillators should be stored in a highly visible and clearly marked location.
Pro Tip: Place AEDs near other identifiable objects so that when directing someone to an AED you can say something like “it’s to the left of the vending machine.”
Important factors to consider:
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