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3 Great Reasons Why You Should Care about AED Compliance Management

What is AED compliance management and why should you invest in an AED compliance management system?

AED Compliance Management

AED compliance management systems are specialized tools that help AED program managers and occupational health and safety officers by tracking AED registration, sending performance check reminders, and by making sure AED owners are updated on the latest AED laws and regulations for their state.

Last week, we covered a few AED best practices, and this week we’re going to dive a little deeper into the importance of AED compliance and AED compliance management systems.

Reason # 1: Simply having an AED May Not Be Enough to Save a Life

Each year, more than 360,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States (American Heart Association). Sudden cardiac arrest — an electrical malfunction in the heart that disrupts the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and other vital organs — is a leading cause of death among Americans (AHA).

In fact, 95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. While incredibly grim, there’s no reason why we can’t turn these statistics around. Cardiac arrest victims who received a shock from a publicly-available AED that was administered by a bystander had more than double the odds of survival to hospital discharge (EHS Today).

Perhaps as a result of these hopeful numbers, many states have mandated the installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public and government buildings, and more and more employers across the United States are installing AEDs to protect their employees, customers, and visitors.

However, if your AED is out-of-compliance and is not rescue-ready, it’s not going to get the job done. Batteries and pads can expire, rendering your costly piece of equipment into little more than a high-tech wall decoration.

Reason #2: AED Compliance Management = Peace of Mind

Health and safety officers and facilities managers have plenty of systems and operations to keep in good running order. Whether your organization has one or dozens of AEDs, leave your AED compliance and maintenance to the AED professionals!

Compliance management systems make it easy to register and track your life-saving devices. It’s easy to overlook AED maintenance checks. With Cardio Partners’ online AED compliance management system, LifeShield, however, you’ll never forget another check-in. Our system sends an email reminder every 30 days so you can enjoy peace of mind while keeping your focus on your business. It also offers unit readiness, expiration tracking, and medical direction. A 24-hour AED use helpline helps you train new employees and get the most out of your devices.

Reason #3: Out-of-Compliance AEDs Can Result in a Lawsuit

Last year, the family of a woman who died on a 2016 American Airlines filed a lawsuit claiming that the airline was negligent in handling the medical emergency suffered by their daughter. Potential rescuers on board the aircraft attempted to use an automatic external defibrillator on the passenger, but the device failed (Inc.com).

AED owners are subject to State and Federal regulations meant to ensure medical devices operate as intended, and regular inspections and performance checks are necessary to ensure that medical devices are in compliance with those regulations. AEDs that don’t work not only cost lives, but they result in tragic and entirely preventable lawsuits. Keep your AEDs in good working order with a reliable compliance management system such as LifeShield Compliance Management System.

User-friendly online AED Compliance Management Systems are the safest way to make sure that your equipment is up-to-date and is ready to save lives. Dramatically reduce your legal liability by investing in a complete compliance system.

At Cardio Partners, we’re dedicated to making sure that your workplace and your communities are well-prepared and well-protected in the event of a medical emergency. For more information on our CPR and first aid training courses, our AED and defibrillator service and preventative maintenance programs, or LifeShield, our online compliance management program, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com

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So Now You Have an AED, What’s Next?

Are you following AED best practices? Let’s find out!

Congratulations, AED owner! You’ve taken a very important step in maintaining the well being and safety of your employees, community members, and loved ones by purchasing an AED. Now let’s make sure that you’re following AED best practices to ensure that you’re getting the maximum benefit from your AEDs.

Are Your AEDs in Plain Sight?

Did you know that more than half of 2000 employees surveyed by the American Heart Association (AHA) cannot locate an AED at work?

Timing is critical when it comes to administering CPR or defibrillation. For every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease 7-10% (AHA). By keeping your AED in a convenient, well-trafficked, and highly visible location, bystanders are more likely to respond in a timely fashion. Specialized AED wall cabinets and signage can also help dramatically.

Here are a few OSHA-ratified recommendations for optimal AED placement:

  • Areas where many people work closely together, such as assembly lines and office buildings.
  • Areas where electric-powered devices are used.
  • Outdoor worksites where lightning may occur.
  • Health units where workers may seek treatment for heart attack symptoms.
  • Company fitness units and cafeterias.
  • Remote sites, such as offshore drilling rigs, construction projects, marine vessels, power transmission lines, and energy pipelines.

For more location tips, take a peek at Finding the Best Location for Your AED.

Are Your Employees or Potential Rescuers Well-Trained and Ready?

AEDs are now widely available, safe, effective, and portable. They’re also increasingly affordable and easy to use. These devices provide the critical and necessary treatment for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) caused by ventricular fibrillation. For the best chance of survival, an AED should be used within three to five minutes after collapse.

The same AHA survey that we mentioned earlier also found that more than half cannot get first aid or CPR and AED training from their employer and that more than 90% of the employees said they would take employer-sponsored CPR and first aid training courses.

If you have an AED, you’ll want to make sure that your employees know how to use it (and feel confident in doing so). You’ll also want to make sure they know how to recognize a sudden cardiac arrest and how they should go about activating your emergency response plan.

Improve safety by boosting your employees’ confidence. Enroll your team in CPR, First Aid, and AED courses today!

Are Your AEDs in Compliance?

Out-of-compliance AEDs cost lives. Keep your AEDs in good working order with the LifeShield Compliance Management System. AED Compliance Management Systems are the easiest and safest way to make sure that your equipment is up-to-date and are ready to save lives. You can also dramatically reduce your legal liability by investing in a compliance management system.

These online systems send monthly AED check reminders and include AED logging, AED unit readiness and expiration tracking, EMS/First Responder notification,  24-hour AED use helpline, resource library access, medical direction, AED prescription maintenance, AED oversight, AED legislation tracking, courtesy overdue calls, and more.

Are Your AEDs Well-Maintained?

Although modern AEDs require very little maintenance, we recommend leaving AED preventative maintenance to the professionals. Most state AED laws require that equipment is maintained in accordance with the individual manufacturer specifications, and professional maintenance providers have the experience and resources to ensure that your equipment meets its original manufacturers’ specifications.

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Don’t have an AED? Make 2019 the year you take the plunge. Each year, more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) occur in the United States and shockingly, 90% of the people who experience an OHCA will die. While these numbers are nothing short of tragic, the AHA has found that immediate, high-quality CPR and the timely deployment of an automated external defibrillator (AED) can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

If that’s not reason enough to invest in an AED for your home, community center, or office, we don’t know what is. If you’re thinking about purchasing an AED, we recommend downloading our free AED Starter’s Guide. You can also check out our post, Which AED is Right for You?

To learn more about AED best practices, our AED and defibrillator service and preventative maintenance programs, or LifeShield, our online compliance management program, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

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5 Heart-SMART Goals For 2019

Achieve These 5 Goals and You Could Save a Life

Happy New Year from all of us here at Cardio Partners! We know you have your resolutions lined up but around here, we’re all about setting SMART goals. For those of you who need a refresher, that’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. There’s something so incredibly satisfying about setting a clear goal and achieving it, so let’s start the New Year with a solid action plan.

2019 Goals

GOAL #1: Become First Aid Certified

If you’ve been putting off getting your First Aid certification or telling yourself that you’ll “get around to it,” well, now’s the time.

In fact, here’s your SMART Goal in one tidy little package: Become First Aid certified by the end of National Heart Awareness Month in February.

Visit the American Red Cross or American Heart Association to find a class near you. Classes are affordable, convenient, and flexible. Blended courses, which combine online coursework with in-person skills training, are great options for busy professionals.

GOAL #2: Get Your CPR and AED Certification

Once you have your freshly minted First Aid certification in hand, level up with CPR and AED training. To keep yourself accountable and to fulfill the Timely requirement, set a deadline for yourself! May 30 seems pretty reasonable to us. Again, to find a class near you, the American Red Cross or American Heart Association are the websites to visit.

Wondering what you’ll learn? Check out 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn CPR, or more to the point, What Will I Learn From a CPR or First Aid Class?

GOAL #3: Encourage Your Friends & Colleagues to Become First Aid & CPR Certified

Congratulations! You’ve passed the tests and made the grade! Now, encourage others to do the same. Think about the folks in your life who would benefit from becoming certified and jot down a quick list. Whether you opt to encourage one family member, start a movement within your community, or recruit 10 colleagues, make sure your goal is specific, measurable, and attainable.

We’re thinking “Encourage at least 15 friends and colleagues to register for First Aid, CPR, and AED Certification before the end of the year” sounds pretty doable.

GOAL #4: Invest in a Stop the Bleed Kit

Think of it as a graduation gift to yourself. Violence is a sad reality in America these days, so it’s best to be prepared.

Curaplex Stop the Bleed kits are intentionally designed to provide the trained rescuer with immediate access to life-saving products that can control bleeding and traumatic hemorrhaging. Basic kits start at $59.99 and the compact, vacuum-packed and tamper-proof kit includes:

A permanent marker
2 pairs of gloves, latex-free, large
1 C-A-T® tourniquet
1 emergency bandage
Pair of trauma shears, 7.5”
2 rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
A printed insert which shows instructions for use
Advanced kits include 1 Pack of HALO seals and QuikClot combat gauze.

GOAL #5: Start a Fundraiser for a Community AED

We recently donated a refurbished AED to the Q Center in Portland, Oregon, but as much as we’d like to, we simply can’t donate an AED to every deserving community center in the country. We can, however, share some great advice for funding for your AED program!

GotAED, an initiative of Simon’s Heart, is a crowdfunding site dedicated to placing AEDs in areas where children learn and play. The site invites schools and youth organizations to begin a campaign to fund the purchase of an AED and offers tips and suggestions to help ensure a successful crowdsourcing campaign. If your organization isn’t kid-focused, you may want to look into other popular crowdfunding platforms like CauseVox and CrowdRise.

Before you launch a crowdfunding campaign, be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws regulating nonprofit fundraising in your state. A good place to start your research is the National Council of Nonprofits.

For the full scoop, download our Grant Guide.

Have burning questions about our products and services? Ready to achieve your heart-smart goals? Please contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

 

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