How to Use an AED Accoriding to the American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines
American Heart Association (AHA) is a national voluntary health agency which was
founded in 1924 by six cardiologists representing several groups from different
states of the US for conducting research and studies on information about heart
disease. The founding members were Dr Lewis A. Conner and Dr Robert H. Halsey of
New York, Dr Paul D. White of Boston, Dr Joseph Sailer of Philadelphia, Dr
Robert B. Preble of Chicago and Dr Hugh D. McCulloch of St. Louis. American
Heart Association is working towards the goal of reducing coronary heart
disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010.
Association aims at protecting and helping people from heart disease and stroke
since more than 8 decades. The association invests millions of dollars every
year for AED research, AED training, and AED programs for a healthy and stronger
America. According to the American Heart Association:
· CPR rescue
attempts using AED's improves survival rates by as much as 49%.
single day 1,000 adults die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the US i.e. about
350,000 each year.
· Heart diseases take more than 930,000 American lives a
· It is possible to save 20,000 to 100,000 lives if AED programs are
· AED assistance can save the lives of up to 90% of
its victims, if help is provided within the first minute of sudden cardiac
· With every passing minute until defibrillation, the victim's
survival rate decreases by 10%.
Promoting AED for Helping Sudden Cardiac
Sudden cardiac arrest can victimize a person of any age or
fitness level anywhere, anytime. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a
life-saving device used to administer electric shock to a person suffering from
sudden cardiac arrest. American Heart Association promotes implementing AED
programs successfully in schools, airports, railway stations, healthcare
centers, offices, casinos, stadiums, restaurants and other places. Using AED
requires some basic training that involves learning how to use AED effectively
in emergency situations. According to a survey by AHA, most Americans are not
confident of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an
automated external defibrillator (AED) during a cardiac emergency. AHA wants
people to overcome any fears and take lifesaving decision. For this AED training
is very essential.
American Heart Association provides CPR and AED
training through its various training centers. The AHA's new Heartsaver AED
Course includes both CPR and AED training and is less than four hours. Apart
from classroom CPR and AED instruction, the American Heart Association also
offers a self-paced CPR Anytime Kit where training happens through an inflatable
manikin and instructional DVD.
The association has been making efforts
to promote public access to defibrillation (PAD) so that AEDs are available at
all public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather. AHA is
also making efforts to create awareness about the need and effectiveness of CPR
training. In case of a sudden cardiac arrest, only half of the patients actually
require defibrillation, others need CPR. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation helps in
circulation of oxygen-rich blood to brain and heart. Even after delivering an
electric shock, a typical Automated External Defibrillator will prompt the
rescuer to continue CPR.
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