Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. Per the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 400,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital each year. The chance of surviving of one of these events is less than 10 percent. However, these rates are increasing dramatically in communities where a bystander steps in to perform CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) is readily available to be deployed.
AEDs Save Lives
AEDs are especially important because for every minute a person is in cardiac arrest without defibrillation, their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.
For example, if a person collapses in the workplace and CPR is administered immediately while another person prepares the AED and administers the “shock” – if this happens within three minutes of collapse, they have a 70 percent chance of survival with a good neurological outcome. If that same person collapses in the workplace and immediate CPR is administered but they aren’t treated with an AED for eight minutes, their chance of survival decreases to 20 percent.
In order for a victim of cardiac arrest to have the best chance of survival with minimal to no neurological damage, it’s necessary to start CPR immediately and have an AED nearby with people trained to use it correctly.
We work with companies to identify how many AEDs they need for their building layout and employee structure and offer the devices for lease or purchase.
AED Training Programs
Our AED training programs for individuals and corporations provide details on how to operate the equipment safely and how to handle various emergency situations. The key to staying calm and level-headed in a life or death situation is having the knowledge and training you need prior to an emergency situation.
You’ll learn information such as:
- Understanding the signs of cardiac arrest and the need for CPR or AED rescue;
- The benefits of using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device;
- Understanding the prompts, lights, and messages on an AED device;
- Where to look for an AED device in a business or public setting such as a store, mall, or stadium;
- Who should contact 9-1-1 and what they should be told;
- Understanding the Good Samaritan Law and how it applies to you;
American Heart Association AED Training
CPR Educators is an American Heart Association Authorized Training Center and our training is based on the AHA curriculum.
The AHA defined five factors to improve the chances of survival and recovery for victims of cardiac arrest, stroke, and other emergencies. They are:
- Recognition and activation of the emergency response system
- Immediate high-quality CPR
- Rapid defibrillation
- Basic and advanced emergency medical services
- Advanced life support and post-arrest care
Schedule AED Training for your Workplace
We offer training for individuals at our Raleigh, NC office and can schedule classes for groups of six or more at your workplace. To learn more about this course or to ask about on-site training, reach out to us today at (919) 639-4848 or fill out the form below!