! ! Sudden Cardiac Arrest and AEDs - when seconds count. What is an AED, exactly? An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a portable FDA-approved public-access device designed to deliver a potentially life saving electric shock to the heart of a cardiac arrest victim. AEDs are easy to operate because they are designed with the lay rescuer in mind (person without medical experience). Using visual and voice prompts, these devices guide a rescuer through a sudden cardiac arrest event, regardless of the rescuer’s level of training or experience. While different makes and models have varying features, all AEDs do what they are designed to do – save lives! Operating an AED* • Place AED on ground. Open lid. • Remove clothing from the patient’s chest. • Attach the electrode pads. Avoid touching patient. • Allow the AED to analyze the patient’s heart rhythm. • The AED will not deliver a shock unless the victim is in cardiac arrest. • Continue to follow the AED prompts until local Emergency Responders arrive * Always send for help and call 911 if a person is found unresponsive. Follow Basic CPR & AED Training Guidelines You Can Make A Di erence! Anyone can use an AED. AED's will NOT administer a shock if the victim is not having an SCA, they cannot hurt anyone. The national Good Samaritan laws, both federal and state provide protection to someone who renders aid in an emergency to an injured person on a voluntary basis. Don't hesitate to deliver life-saving therapy to an SCA victim. 1 American Heart Association Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000558 2 A.S. Go et al. American Heart Association Guidelines 2010 - Electrical Therapies. American Heart Association Circulation, 122 (2010): S710. 3 American Heart Association: https://newsroom.heart.org/news/american-workers-unprepared-for-workplace-cardiac-emergencies-surveys- nd 4 United States Department of Labor: https://www.osha.gov/dts/tib/tib_data/tib20011217.html 5 American Heart Association: https://cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/CPRAndECC/AboutCPRECC/CardiacArrestvsHeartAttack/UCM_473213_Cardiac-Arrest-vs-Heart-Attack.jsp Talk Date: Location: SAFETY Supervisor/Facilitator: Department: Fastenal Company disclaims all warranties, both express and implied, relating to the information, reports, opinions and analysis disclosed to the Customer by Fastenal Company. Fastenal Company shall not be liable for any errors or omissions, or any losses, injuries or damages arising from the use of such information, reports, opinions and analysis by the Customer. Contact Fastenal for questions and information about AED assessments and products. SafetyQuestions@Fastenal.com !
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