The stories are all too familiar – someone suffers a cardiac arrest and an AED was not on site to help revive the individual. In fact, if it had not been for what had happened to basketball hardcourt celebrity Avelino "Samboy" Lim back in 2014, perhaps the public wouldn't even be aware of its need. While most of the developing countries require that their schools, airports, and any high-traffic places are equipped with AEDs, the Philippines still had a lot of things to make it happen. If only we had an AED available during Samboy Lim's attack, he would've been in a better health condition. It was a good thing that Basketball coach turned politician former Pampanga Rep. Yeng Guiao was present when Lim collapsed. He then had the initiative to author file a bill that's now approved and dubbed as "Samboy Lim" Law which aims to teach basic life support training in schools act in public and private schools.
When a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 7% to 10% for each minute that passes without defibrillation. AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. According to studies, 90% of the time, AEDs are able to detect a rhythm that should be defibrillated – and 95% they can detect when a rhythm should not be defibrillated. AED’s can be made part of emergency response programs that also include rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt delivery of CPR. All three of these activities are vital to improving survival from cardiac arrest.
What is an AED?
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An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks a person’s heart rhythm. It can recognize a rhythm that requires shock, and if needed, send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
An AED is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. Built-in computers assess the patient's heart rhythm, judge whether defibrillation is needed, and then administer a shock if needed. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.
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