About North Michigan A.E.D. Defibrillators & Supplies
Automated External Defibrillators (A.E.D.'s) are not anything new. They are just new to the public in the USA. Actually, A.E.D.'s have been in existence since the mid 1960's. They were developed in an effort to help save peoples lives.
A.E.D.'s have become so refined in later years that they are now available to the public for "Non-professional emergency medical rescue". What does this mean to you, the customer? In a short summary, you are now able to purchase A.E.D.'s for personal use. Because of design characteristics, you are able to perform a "rescue" or "save" without having to go through years of medical training and schooling. The A.E.D. is designed so that you do not have to make any decisions at all. You simply open the A.E.D. and let it talk you through the balance of what needs to be done.
Many A.E.D.'s on the market claim to have characteristics unlike others. This is true to a certain degree, but as a whole, the A.E.D.'s that are available for personal/public use all have relatively similar characteristics. They are all designed to talk to you and instruct you to do what is needed. From the very beginning, once the A.E.D. is activated (turned on) it will tell you to connect the electrodes (even showing you where they are to be placed). It then tells you if the electrodes are connected properly. If they are not, it will tell you to check the connection and to reconnect the electrodes. Once the electrodes are connected, the A.E.D. will tell you to stand away from the patient and allow it to analyze the patient's heart rhythm. If a shock is needed, the A.E.D. tells the operator to press the "shock" button. The buttons are all easy to recognize as most will flash when ready to be pressed. If for some reason the operator does not press the button when it is needed, the A.E.D. will go through and reset itself and start the process again. This will continue until either the button is pressed as necessary or until the patient no longer needs to be shocked. That is what we call a "save".
The whole process above will happen within 1 minute. This is critical because when a shock is needed, it is important that the patient receive that shock within the first few minutes after onset of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
It has been determined that the heart needs early defibrillation within the first few minutes. Why? Because there is a direct connection as to how long a patient can survive without the proper heart rhythm. Accordingly, each minute that passes after SCA equals a 10% loss in the chance of keeping the patient alive and/or without having severe brain damage. It is a known fact that the brain will start to die off within a few minutes. Why would you want to wait for an ambulance or Professional Rescue team to arrive? The National average response time for emergency medical services to arrive at a scene is 9 minutes. Some locals will have slightly different response times, but it is also possible that the response could be much longer too. Let's take for example: icy roads, rainstorms, heavy traffic or traffic jams, numerous calls that the rescue team is already responding to. All of these factors, and more, mean that the response time for Professionals to arrive could be even greater than the average response time. If it is the average response time of 9 minutes, you have lost 90% of your chance of saving the patient. Why would you want to do that?
All-in-all, it is most important that early defibrillation take place as quick as possible. For many years, the A.E.D. was thought of as only for Professionals who train in great depths for its use. Now, they have evolved to a point that almost anyone could learn in a very short time how to use them properly.
One of the greatest concerns a person has with owning an A.E.D. is that of liability.
It is great news to share with you: You have no liability in using your A.E.D. It comes under the same Act as most know to be "The Good Samaritan Act". Because of the design of the A.E.D. and the fact that you can't adjust or make changes to its function, you are also not liable if the patient does not survive. In all reality, patients who do not survive are comforted to know you did everything within your legal power to save that patient. If you don't have an A.E.D. and someone suffers SCA, will you be comfortable with yourself knowing you may have been able to save that patient but didn't make the small investment needed? After all, what is the value of a person's life?
To learn more about how an A.E.D. works, please contact us. We can visit with you to help decide if an A.E.D. is appropriate for you. If it is, we can also help decide which A.E.D. and by what manufacture would be best. As there are several manufactures and models available, we can customize your purchase to fit your situation exactly.
North Michigan A.E.D.- Defibrillators & Supplies
403 E. State Street
Traverse City MI 49686