Updated: Feb 1
AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) are life-saving devices that can be the difference between life and death in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). With the increasing number of SCA cases, it is essential to know the importance of AEDs and where to find them in case of an emergency.
Importance of AEDs:
Easy to use: AEDs are designed for easy use and can be operated by anyone, regardless of their medical background. The device provides clear instructions and visual cues, making it straightforward to use. You can find how to operate and apply and AED here!
Time-sensitive: In the event of an SCA, every second counts. AEDs provide immediate treatment to restart the heart and can increase the survival rate by up to 70%.
Portable: AEDs are small, lightweight, and portable, making it possible to carry them to the location of the emergency.
Where to locate AEDs:
Public places: AEDs are commonly found in public places such as airports, shopping centers, sports arenas, and schools.
Workplaces: Many businesses and organizations here in Chicago have AEDs on their premises for the safety of their employees and customers.
In Illinois specifically, certain types of facilities are required to carry an AED on site such as physical fitness facilities, horse racing facilities, law enforcement facilities, and dental offices where sedation is required.
In conclusion, AEDs are critical life-saving devices that can make a significant difference in the event of an SCA. Knowing where to locate them in an emergency situation can increase the chances of survival. If you have not already done so, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the AEDs in your community and workplace or sign up for a CPR & AED class within your community to get hands on experience!
Chicago CPR Academy offers a wide variety of CPR, AED & First Aid courses to meet your needs. We offer on-site classes where we come to your location. You can also check out our scheduled classes in Chicago & Northbrook.
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