It’s shockingly simple to restart a heart… with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
But AEDs don’t work if we can’t find them.
Cardiac Arrest Facts
Today less than 200 organizations have registered AEDs with the 911 dispatchers/ Emergency Medical Services of McLean County. Registering an AED helps 911 dispatchers match the location of SCA victims with the nearest AED. When seconds count – locating the nearest AED can be a matter of life or death.
Think of an AED like a fire extinguisher or smoke alarm – crucial for any business. Is your business or organization prepared?
- According to the National Institute of Health, 80% of sudden cardiac arrest deaths occur outside the hospital.
- The chance of restarting the heart diminishes quickly, decreasing the chance of survival by 10% for each passing minute. If it is delayed by more than 10 minutes, the chance of survival in adults is less than 5%.
- AEDs are affordable ranging from $1,000 – $2,000.
Watch a great AED presentation from King County [Seattle]
What Are the Risk Factors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
There are many risk factors that can increase a person’s risk of sudden cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death, including the following:
- Previous heart attack with a large area of the heart damaged (75% of SCD cases are linked to a previous heart attack).
- A person’s risk of SCD is higher during the first 6 months after a heart attack.
- Coronary artery disease (80% of SCD cases are linked with this disease).
- Risk factors for coronary artery disease include smoking, family history of heart disease, and high cholesterol.
An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a device that delivers an electric shock to the heart of a person in cardiac arrest. The device gives audible instructions making it very simple to use. All you have to remember is to turn it on. The AED is a “smart” device and will only deliver a shock when it is needed.
When a person collapses in cardiac arrest, the heart is often in a rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. This rhythm can be fatal. When applied, an AED will restore the heart to its normal rhythm. An electric shock delivered quickly by an AED can be lifesaving.
How to use an AED
An AED should be used whenever you see a person collapse or become unconsciousness and who does not respond to your shouting or shaking. It should also be used if you come upon a collapsed person even if you didn’t see that person collapse.
Speed is crucial.
The AED must be attached as quickly as possible. Call 911, tell the operator you have an AED and then bring it to the collapsed person. Turn it on and follow verbal directions. Every minute of delay decreases the person’s chances of survival by 7% to 10%
- The PulsePoint AED app allows users to maintain a local AED location registry which can also be accessed by the local dispatch center.
- When a citizen or agency member sees an AED they can use PulsePoint AED to check if the AED is already present within the local registry. If it isn’t, they can add it on the spot.
- PulsePoint AED builds awareness of AEDs and their locations throughout the community.
Where to buy AED Supplies
- cardiopartners.com/ [Cardio Partners Resources]
- Advocate BroMenn
Jan Berlin: 309-268-5138
- OSF St. Joseph
Michelle Brown: 309-661-5154
- American Red Cross
- Heartland Community College
Please contact IHLF for information about obtaining an AED for your organization.