With heart disease being the number one cause of death in the United States, there are medications and devices to help eliminate this devastating killer. So many people in this country suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease and there are many different forms of this disease.
Sudden cardiac arrest causes many of these deaths. The main cause of sudden cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation which is an abnormal heart rhythm. When this happens it stops the blood flow to the brain, vital organs, and cells. Immediate help is needed to restore normal heart rhythm. This is when automatic external defibrillators, also known as AEDs, are vital in doing the job. When patients in the hospital suffer with this fibrillation, they are treated with the defibrillation right away and they can survive. If a person who is at home, or anywhere other than a hospital setting suffers the abnormal rhythms they can die without defibrillation. Each minute that the ventricular fibrillation is allowed to happen lessens the chance of resuscitation by approximately
10 percent. If it reaches 10 minutes, the chance is usually gone.
Fortunately, back in the 1980s, the automated external defibrillators came into play in saving lives outside the hospital environment. The device itself can read the person's heart rhythm and if it becomes abnormal it can automatically perform a defibrillation shock with very little assistance by the operator. The automated external defibrillators were first used by EMS professionals and in ambulances so that the patient could be revived before he even reached the hospital. This alone saved many lives because of the fast response being less than 10 minutes.
Annuvia provides much more than just automated external defibrillators (AEDs), since theyre of no use if theyre not used! Our AED programs come with supervision and instruction. As part of our workplace safety training we can help organizations and businesses ensure OSHA compliance through legal and medical oversight from our team of national healthcare providers.