All about AEDs
What is an AED?
Those movie scenes where paddles are stuck to the chest of an unresponsive character and then someone shouts, “Clear!” – that’s an AED.
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, but it’s also commonly referred to as a defib. Without getting too technical here, an AED is a portable medical device that can automatically assess a patient’s heart rhythm. It judges whether defibrillation is needed and, if required, administers an electric shock through the chest wall to heart.
AEDs are very clever machines – they do all the grunt work and use voice or visual prompts to guide the user through the rescue process. Anyone can use an AED – you don’t have to be medically qualified, although we will run your team through how to use one if you purchase an AED through us.
Why get one?
The simple fact is, AEDs are vitally important in saving the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). You can read more about sudden cardiac arrests and how to recognise one on our News page HERE.
Sadly, the majority of people suffering a sudden cardiac arrest can’t be resuscitated using CPR alone and with every minute they wait for an ambulance with an AED to turn up, their survival rate drops.
Performing first aid in an emergency situation is a scary scenario for anyone, but knowing you have an AED on hand to use in such an instance is a massive relief. It’s kind of like a spare key for your home – you don’t realise how much it means to have one until you really, really need it.
Spreading the word
We’re passionate about educating New Zealanders about AEDs because we know how many lives we lose to cardiac arrests a year. The more AEDs there are out there, the better chance there is of saving lives.
Scary fact: the number of people who die from sudden cardiac arrest in NZ is five times greater than the national road toll.
Owning an AED is a clear display that you are taking due care of your staff and customers, doing what you can to provide a safe environment for them.
New Zealanders suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each day
Of patients who suffered SCA in public were defibrillated with a public access defibrillator
SCA kills 5 x that of the national
road toll, every year
A LUCKY SAVE
“An 82-year-old gentleman suffered a cardiac event in the carpark in mid-August. A staff member found him looking very waxy, sitting in a chair, not breathing. They placed a radio to ski patrol and we responded within a minute with the AED.
His output was very irregular, we cut off his jacket, placed the pads and got to work. We shocked him twice using the AED and thankfully he regulated. We were bloody lucky getting him going.
I’ve been trained on how to use an AED but I’ve never had to use one. It was the difference between him living and dying really. If we hadn’t invested in one of those and had it sitting on the shelf for one or two years before we needed to use it…
He went home yesterday.” – Simon Murrell, Roundskill Ski Area Manager
Who do we suggest needs an AED?
- Companies with numerous staff and/or customers
- Rest homes
- Recreational clubs, such as RSAs
- Sports clubs
- Motorhome or caravan owners
- Anyone who lives a distance from ambulances
Call us on 0800 233 342 to discuss your AED requirements today.