Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a machine that is designed to administer an electric shock. The concept behind this is that the shock will briefly reset the heart which greatly increases the person’s chance of resuscitation. AEDs are designed to automatically detect whether or not a shock would be required for the person suffering from cardiac arrest. AED units require the rhythm to be clearly one of the two shockable rhythms as to not accidentally shock someone who does not require it. AED units will not shock someone who does not absolutely require it. This is what has made these units so popular in sports centres, airports, mall and other areas in which large amounts of people gather.
Time Means Everything
The key to this lifesaving machine is that it must be applied as soon as possible, as the person’s chance of survival depreciates at a rate of 7-10% per minute. From the first minute a person collapses and stops breathing they have approximately a 70% chance of survival. At that point, event minute it takes to administer a shock using an AED reduces the chance of survival by 7-10%. CPR is still an extremely important part of saving someone’s life. Without CPR, there would be no oxygen circulating to the person’s brain and the person would begin to suffer brain damage. The combination of early, effective CPR and use of an AED can significantly increase the person’s chance of resuscitation.
Get an AED for Your Workplace or Facility
Pulse First Aid wants to help workplaces and community groups in Ottawa purchase AED units at a discounted rate. We want only the best for our clients which is why we will help you chose the AED that is best for you, help train you in how to use the device, help with maintaining your unit moving forward.
Contact us for more information on purchasing an AED unit for your workplace!
Chase McEachern Act (Heart Defibrillator Civil Liability)
This act is designed to protect someone in the event that they use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The goal of this Act is to promote the use of AED units across Ontario. This Act applies anyone in the public as well as those who own AED units. The only situations in which this Act does not apply are if the AED is located in a hospital or if the owner of the AED does not conduct regular inspections and maintenance of the unit.