According to the American Heart Association, more than 383,000 people are treated for sudden cardiac arrest in the pre-hospital setting each year. Only 12% of those victims survive. The key to survival for any victim of sudden cardiac arrest is rapid response by bystanders and by healthcare professionals. You could save a life by both knowing CPR and by having an AED close at hand.
Having an AED nearby is essential to saving the lives of those who have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Ideally, an AED should be placed such that it can be retrieved and applied to a patient within 3-5 minutes. When deciding how many AEDs to purchase, and where to place them, use a 3-minute response time as your guide.
In general, AEDs should be placed in conspicuous, well-lit, easily-accessible areas. Ideally, this location should be within a three-minute response radius from every locating within your home or place of business.
Some example locations include:
Security officer stations
Walls of main corridors
Large assembly areas
All AEDs should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis in order to ensure functionality during a sudden cardiac arrest. A typical maintenance checklist for an AED should include:
- Record battery installation and expiration dates
- Inspect status and service indicator lights
- Inspect the exterior of the AED for damage or wear
- Ensure additional supplies are present; e.g. extra batteries, disposable gloves, additional electrode pads, etc.