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?
|AED First Aid tools|
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.
|Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)|
Who Can Use an AED?
Because AEDs are portable, they can be used by nonmedical people, such as police, fire service personnel, flight attendants, security guards and others who have been properly trained to operate them. But anybody can actually learn to use an AED even as young as 8 years old. An AED operator must know how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest, when to activate the EMS system, and how to do CPR – so it’s also vital that they receive formal training on the AED model they will use so that they become familiar with the device and are able to successfully operate it in an emergency. The American Heart Association recommends that anyone who lives or works where an AED is available for use by lay rescuers participate in a Philippine Red Cross or Lifesaving AED class conducted by the Philippine Heart Association. AEDs, in fact, are so user-friendly that untrained rescuers can generally succeed in attaching the pads and delivering shocks. Untrained rescuers, however, may not know when to use an AED, and they may not use an AED safely, posing some danger of electric shock to themselves and others. Also, untrained rescuers may not know how to respond to the victim when the AED prompts “no shock indicated”.
How Do I Learn How to Use an AED?
The Philippine National Red Cross and The Philippine Heart Association offers a variety of emergency training classes, including AED training. We provide state of the art equipment, monitoring, training, and supplies for automated external defibrillators.
The Philippine Heart Association recently launched an AED Advocacy campaign endorsed by no less than actor celebrity turned politician Hon. Ormoc City mayor Richard Gomez. The infomercial shows the value of the automated external defibrillator (AED) and hands-on CPR in saving the life of a cardiac arrest. Mayor Gomez is the endorser of "Gadget AED.PH" campaign which aims to make the house bill 5327, also known as the AED Bill authored by Cong. Edward Maceda and Cong. Marvin "Yul"Servo Nieto. The said bill seeks to broaden AED coverage to include public establishments where considerable number of the population may be gathered such as malls, hotels, and public offices and establishments.
Here's a preview of the said infomercial made by Hon. Richard Gomez:
"Ï hope we will be able to influence people who will be seeing this video. I have been calling cities to have AED devices,"said Gomez during the interview. Gomez claims that he had experienced saving someone because of AED and CPR. He truly advocates first aid and lifesaving training that he sees to it that even in his household, his helpers are also trained with basic life saving skills as well as Heimlich maneuver just in case someone accidentally got choked. "Ïmportante yung ganung skills, because you never know. So i made sure our household helpers are equipped with such skills because it's crucial to save lives."
|Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez during the Q & A with media men|
"Personally, I want people to know CPR in case of emergency. I have had the experience with a friend dying in front of me. I wasn't able to save his life although I tried performing CPR on the way to the hospital,"relates Mayor Gomez.
|Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez during the press conference|
|Of course, Purple Plum Fairy also took the opportunity to have a photo taken with Mayor Richard Gomez|
"We need to catch up with our Asian and Western counterparts which have all been CPR-Ready for the longest time. Their citizens as young as 8 years old know how to do CPR and AEDs are installed in strategic public places,"said Philippine Heart Association President Dr. Nanette Rey.
|Philippine Heart Association President Dr. Nanette Rey.|
Get me an AED!!!” Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has the ability to save countless lives, and that is why they should be located in as many places in the community as possible.
AEDs are important because they strengthen the Chain of Survival. They can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. New, portable AEDs enable more people to respond to a medical emergency that requires defibrillation. 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 save lives.
|The Philippine Heart Association officers with Mayor Gomez|
The said campaign seeks to transform every establishment, destination and community into a CPR-equipped facility/community/city, and to put the country on the international CPR-Ready countries.
|The Philippine Heart Association with Mayor Richard Gomez|
For more information on CPR on Wheels as well as basic life saving CPR, AED skills training and Gadget AED. Ph campaign, you may contact the PHA at their secretariat office email@example.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+632) 470.5525.
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