Are you Equipped to Handle a Cardiac Arrest at Work?

Zoll AED Plus automated external defibrillator

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the #1 cause of death in the workplace.

In the US nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital fatalities occur every year due to SCA. If you depend on EMS services a victim’s chance of survival is only about 5%. Having an AED on site can potentially increase a victim’s chances of survival to more than 70%

Saving a victim is a race against the clock. Every minute that goes by before treatment is started reduces the chances of survival by 10%. By the time you get to 10 minutes after the incident, survival rates are near zero. Keep in mind that depending on EMS crews is not a viable alternative to having an AED on hand, either. Average response times run 7 -11 minutes nationwide. Gold standard response time for out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest is 3 – 5 minutes, which can only be reliably achieved by having an AED device close by.

Here are some facts:

  • Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 300,000 deaths each year — more than lung cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/Aids combine.
  • 5760 youths under 18 years of age are affected each year.
  • SCA is different than a heart attack, it is the abrupt loss of heart function that occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions.
  • SCA claims a life every two minutes.
  • The Zoll AED Plus is the only full-rescue AED, providing both CPR support and defibrillation.
  • It indicates to rescuers whether a shock (defibrillation) or CPR is the appropriate theory to initiate.
  • Approximately 50% of SCA victims require defibrillation (a shock).
  • All Victims Require CPR

Office Essentials Recommends the Zoll AED Plus

It's the first and only full-rescue AED that provides real CPR Help, real-time auditory and visual feedback to help rescuers achieve the proper depth (2 - 2.5 inches) and rate of CPR chest compressions (100 per minute) as recommended in the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines.

It's also the only AED to use easily replaceable Duracell consumer lithium batteries that can last as long as five years in stand-by mode, which provides the lowest total cost of ownershpip of any device on the market.

Watch a high school volleyball player saved by an AED

When 17-year-old Claire Crawford went into sudden cardiac arrest during a high school volleyball game, she was fortunate to have trained teachers and staff -- and an AED -- there to save her life.

Be ready to save a life.

Contact Office Essentials about an AED today.

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Greg Bussmann
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Greg Bussmann is a Marketing Specialist at Office Essentials. He is a lifelong, proud St. Louisan, a technology enthusiast, and father to four teenage daughters. He spends his spare time providing rides, chaperoning dates and trying to keep track of his credit cards. He also enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals when it's his turn to use the remote. Email Greg anytime.