FREE AED (Automated External Defibrillator) inspection with each on board training class
First, what is an AED and how does it work? An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a portable, battery operated electronic device about the size of a laptop computer. The AED automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a cardiac arrest victim and is able to treat the patient by an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. AEDs are designed to be simple so that anyone can use one. So simple that I often start my classes by selecting someone from the class that has never seen an AED and I ask them to demonstrate how to use an AED by following the AEDs voice instructions. Proper use of an AED is taught in our CPR first aid classes.
In most cases, the victim collapses and the rescuer checks the victim to see if they are responsive. If they do not respond, immediately send someone to dial 911 (radio for help) and send another person to get the AED. Next, we tilt the victims head back and check for breathing. If after 10 seconds you do not see the victim’s chest rise or hear them breathing begin CPR. You will continue performing CPR until the AED is turned on, electrode pads connected and the AED gives an “all clear” message. At this point move away from the patient so that they AED can analyze the patient.
Once connected to the victim the AEDs typically gives either a “shock advised” message or a “no shock advised” message. If the AED indicates “shock advised” we must make certain no one is touching the patient and then deliver a shock. Typically this means pressing the flashing red shock button. If the AED indicates “no shock advised” this can mean one of 2 things. Either the victim is alive or that you should begin CPR. Check once again for breathing, if they are breathing put the victim in the recovery position (on their side). If they are not breathing start CPR – keep the AED connected and turned on with the pads in place. 2 minutes later the AED will once again check the victim.
Do you sell Automated External Defibrillators - AED's? Yes, we not only sell AED's but we can also train you how to use and maintain a defibrillator. Having at least one AED on your boat is essential, you may in fact need more than one, especially if you have a tender that takes crew and guests diving. Please call or e-mail us for a free AED needs evaluation.
Should we have an AED - Automated External Defibrillator on our boat? Should we have an AED onboard our boat is a question I am often asked by captains, crew and owners. My answer is always “Yes”. According to the American Heart Association, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) claims about 340,000 lives each year – or around 1,000 every day in the United States. Sudden cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death in the United States kills more people than breast cancer, lung cancer, and AIDS combined. Currently 95 percent of all cardiac arrest victims die.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is caused by a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm that can result from heart attack, respiratory arrest, drowning, electrocution, choking, trauma or it can have no known cause and it can happen to anyone regardless of age or gender.
Simply put, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) save lives. Do you think it’s worth spending $2,000 if it saved a crewmember, guest or the owner’s life? The answer is obviously yes. You have smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, security cameras and other safety systems onboard, why not get one that will save a life?
Do you sell Automated External Defibrillators - AED's? Yes, we not only sell AED's but we can also train you and your crew how to use and maintain a defibrillator. Call us at 561-762-0500 for all of your AED needs.
How expensive are AEDs? There are several manufacturers of AEDs for sale in the United States. These AEDs range in price from about $1,225 to about $2,000. Although AEDs are not cheap they are invaluable if they save your life or the life a crewmember, owner or guest.
In addition to the AED you may need to purchase an AED cabinet or carry case ($100 - $300), a rescue ready kit ($40 - $55), and training. Don’t cut corners on training! Hire a qualified full time instructor. Training is the single most important part of any Safety Program.
What are the benefits of owning an AED? Without the AED the chances of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside of a hospital setting are very small – less than 5%. However, if the AED is applied to the victim quickly their odds increase to about 70% - 90%
Is one AED enough? It depends. One AED may not always be adequate. Let’s say the owner is onboard along with his family and friends. Half of the group wants to go diving, the other half wants to stay onboard. So, you load the owner, his kids and several others onto the tender leaving behind the rest of the party including the owner’s elderly parents. Which group should have the AED with them? The answer is both. It is impossible to predict who, when and where Sudden Cardiac Arrest will strike. For this reason, you may need 2 AEDs.
Do you test, inspect and upgrade the AED software? Yes. In 2005 the American Heart Association changed the CPR guidelines. These changes required new software and in some cases new hardware in the AEDs. In 2010 the AHA will again change the guidlines which will require you to upgrade the software on your AED once again. Many times we can perform this upgrade on your boat or you can send the AED to us and we will ship it back to you.
I heard a lot about AED recalls. How can I tell if my AED was recalled? Part of the service we provide includes checking to make certian your AED was not recalled or requires a corrective service software update. We can handle all of this for you.
We have an AED that does not work. Can you repair it? Yes, many of our customers have AEDs that are no longer working properly. Often times we are able to upgrade the software, replace the old batteries and AED electrode pads and get them back into service. If the AED requires additional work, we will contact the manufacturer to see if the problem is covered under warranty. If you have an AED that is not working, call us. You have nothing to lose.
We have several older AEDs and want to trade them in. Do you accept AED trade ins? Yes, we will take your old AEDs on trade for new ones. Please call us to discuss.
Do I still need to perform CPR with an AED? Yes. CPR is very important and can greatly improve the victim’s chance of survival. You should perform CPR until the AED arrives. Once the AED arrives, turn it on and apply the AED pads to the victims bare chest and follow the AED voice prompts.
If defibrillation is so important, why should I perform CPR? CPR helps circulate oxygen rich blood to the victim's heart and brain. This circulation delays both brain death and the death of heart muscle. CPR buys us time until the AED arrives and CPR also makes the heart more likely to respond to defibrillation.
How often will the AED shock someone? AEDs programmed with the current CPR guidelines analyze the victim every 2 minutes. This means that the AED could potentially deliver a shock once every 2 minutes. The AED may not shock every time. Each time the AED analyzes the victim it determines if a shock is necessary.
Can I hurt the victim with the AED? No. AEDs are designed to only shock someone in cardiac arrest. You can only help.
Can the AED hurt the rescuer if used improperly? If you are touching the victim while a shock is being delivered this is possible. Always make certain that no one is touching the victim before the shock is delivered.
Can AEDs be used to treat children? Yes, for children ages 1-8 in cardiac arrest AEDs with pediatric pads or a pediatric key should be used. If an AED with pediatric capabilities is not available, a standard AED may be used. Please note – if children are ever onboard your boat, it is best to have the right tool for the job, get pediatric electrode pads.
What if the victim has a medication patch? Never place electrodes directly on top of medication patches. If the patch is in the way of the AED electrode pads, remove it and wipe off the area. Avoid touching the medication patch with your bare hands.
What if the victim has an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator? If the victim has a pacemaker or internal defibrillator you should try to avoid placing the electrode pad directly on top of the device. If you see a raised bump under the skin about the size of a silver dollar and it’s located where your pad should be, move the pad up slightly higher than this device.
Should I remove the AED electrode pads before doing chest compressions? No. The pads should only be removed by the paramedics of the doctors. Keep the pads in place and the AED turned on until Emergency Medical Personnel take over patient care. As long as the pads are in their correct locations on the victims chest, they will not interfere with chest compressions.
Should I take off the patient's clothing before using the AED? The chest should be exposed to allow placement of the AED electrode pads. A woman's bra should be removed and all necklaces and chains should be moved out of the way. You may need to cut off clothing to save time.
Can I place the AED electrode pads directly on a hairy chest? The AED electrode pads must be placed directly on clean, dry skin. If the chest is hairy it may prevent good adhesion of the electrode pads. If there is a lot of hair you must quickly shave them. If the chest is wet or oily, quickly dry it. Please note – only the areas where the pads are to be placed must be shaved or dried.
Can AEDs be used to treat a heart attack or chest pain? No, AEDs should only be placed on someone that is in cardiac arrest. This means they are basically dead, they are not breathing. Placing an AED on a live person will only increase their anxiety with no benefit.
After I successfully defibrillate the patient and they are breathing should I keep the AED on the patient? Yes. Keep the pads in place and the AED turned on until Emergency Medical Personnel take over patient care. The patient is still at risk of going back into cardiac arrest. The AED will continue to monitor them.
Are there different types of AEDs? There are several manufacturers of AEDs and all operate in a similar manner. The analogy I give my students is Ford vs. General Motors. If you know how to drive a Ford you are also able to drive a GM vehicle.
AED - Automated External Defibrillator Inspections, Service and AED Supplies. We also inspect and service AEDs. We sell AED Batteries, AED electrode pads, AED ready kits, AED travel cases and more. Please call us for all of your AED needs. Cardiac Science Powerheart® AED G3, FirstSave Defibtech Lifeline Medtronic Physio Control Lifepak CR Plus and LP Express Philips Onsite, Philips HeartStart, Philips FR2, Philips FRX HeartSine Samaritan Welch Allyn ZOLL® AED Plus®
Already own an AED and need a new AED battery or electrode pads. We sell AED batteries and AED electrodes pads for you AED. Medtronic Physio Control CR Plus Charge-Pak 3201616-002 * Medronic Physi Control Battery Pak 3005380-026 * Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Battery 9146-001 * Powerheart Adult Pads 9131-001 * Heartsine Samaritan Battery and Pad (PadPak) Pad-Pak-01 * Defibtech Lifeline AED Battery DCF-200 * Defibtech AED Adult Pads Electrodes DDP-100, * Philips OnSite Adult Smart Pads M5071A * OnSite Pediatric/Child Smart Pads M5072A * Philips OnSite frx Standard Battery M5070A * Philips FRX Smart Pads II 989803139261 * Philips FR2 Adult Defibrillator Pads 989803158211 * Zoll AED Plus CPR-D Padz 8900-0800-01 * Zoll AED Plus Pedi-Padz II 8900-0810-01 * Welch Allyn
Can I trade my old AED in for a new one? Yes, we can take your old AED on trade for a new one. Please contact us and let us know which make and model AED you have and we will give you money toward the purchase of a brand new AED.
Can you upgrade or update my current AED? Yes, often we can update your older AED and get it back into service. Call us to see if your AED can be put back into service.
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The information above is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional classroom instruction by a qualified instructor with real CPR AED experience. At minimum you should take a refresher course every 2 years.