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AED Units: so simple that children can use them?

When a teacher at Georges-Vanier high school in Montreal suddenly lost consciousness, it was not the school nurse or other staff members who responded. Rather, three students immediately jumped into action by performing CPR and using an AED to save the teacher’s life. When the school’s vice-principal heard that students were in the room during the emergency, his first thought …

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AED And CPR On Pregnant Women: How to Perform

Maternal cardiac arrest, when pregnant women suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, is a large and growing problem in the United States. It is important to learn about this issue and the actions that you can take to save potentially two lives at once! Cpr On A Pregnant Woman If a pregnant woman suffers cardiac arrest, you …

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The Cost of Life

“A nearly persistent vegetative state that will require full-time care for the remainder of his life.” This is how 15-year-old Abel Limones was described after collapsing during his soccer game. His coach yelled for an AED which was on the other side of the field—which was never brought to the scene. Abel was defibrillated by …

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How Big is the AED Shortage?

Early defibrillation has been touted in the medical community as the most critical factor in the survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA kills more people than any other disease in the United States, with fewer than 10% of the over 350,000 people who suffer out-of-hospital cases making it to discharge. When defibrillation occurs within …

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AEDs in Fitness Facilities Save 9 out of 10 Victims

In an 18-year study published in the European Society of Cardiology Congress, physicians estimate that the probability of having a fatal arrhythmia is three-times higher in athletes than non-athletes – underscoring the need for fitness clubs to have AEDs within their premises. “Progetto Vita (Project Life) evaluated the impact of AED purchase by amateur sports …

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AEDs Save Lives – We Just Need More of Them

In a cardiac arrest, timely intervention is crucial. In an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA), survival rates correlate directly to the speed at which appropriate intervention is delivered[i], and the average survival rates (to discharge from hospital) are, accounting for the many variables in a cardiac arrest, less than 10%[ii]. Initiatives like Take Heart America which …

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SCA Awareness and Messaging Study: Creating a Culture of Action

Written By: Mary M. Newman, President & CEO of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a public health crisis. More than 356,000 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals annually in the U.S. and nearly 90 percent of them are fatal. Survival depends largely on immediate bystander intervention with CPR and the use of automated …

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