The NFPA and IFC are about to consider, among the new Green Building initiatives, that the human heart is a key part of the machinery, and overdue for protection.
Where politicians have failed, we must hope that our safety engineers will step forward, and begin to rationalize AED deployment across the built environment..[continue reading...]
Elevaed development toward intelligent AED enclosures has resulted in a spin-off product called the Poort (Dutch for gateway), with some compelling utility for cramped kitchen and work areas.
Adding two minutes to the “8:59 standard” leaves a trail of dead and brain damaged victims everywhere. But in high rises, which already take an estimated 2 more minutes to access, they had may as well ask the coroner to saddle up the horses and roll the morgue wagon one more time.
Here is the substantiation being provided to the code examining committees.
“Matt Zavadsky dared to ask a provocative question in his presentation at the American Ambulance Association conference this past November, “Do Ambulance Response Times Really Matter?”
Naloxone is a benign drug that CPR volunteers could use to rescue overdose victims, who now outnumber auto fatalities.
Safety agencies need to address the fact that thousands of people are dying needlessly in high rise and office buildings each year, because EMS simply can’t get to them in time. Arrest victims and rescuers have no access to the only device that can save them – an AED.
The Tandem AED/EMS strategy has an in-house AED delivering its lifesaving treatment well within four minutes. EMS then arrives some minutes later to consolidate the rescue.
Dispatchers obviously need more autonomy, and less data entry, before sending. Primitive telephony is the likely cause.
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If a pulse is not restored before EMS transport, additional efforts at the receiving hospital almost invariably fail.
From 50% 50 years ago, actual fire calls are now just 1% of fire department responses, who are now “there to stop the clock”.
AED overkill is expensive and presents educational issues (even in a university) when multiple brands are involved…
Heart safety co-ops may improve serious emergency survivability from <8% to 50% plus.
The presence and location of AEDs in large office complexes or high-rise buildings can greatly impact survival rates.
Efforts to improve survival should focus on the prompt delivery of medical interventions. CPR and AEDs both need good neighbors.
Given our overweight and aging boomer generation, expect heart safety to emerge as a welcome and affordable concept.
Common questions about AEDs and Public Access Defibrillation (PADs), with answers from the American Heart Association
The American Red Cross now offers Citizen CPR training, a brief course in providing hands-only CPR to victims of cardiac arrest.
This article demonstrates little awareness of the need to protect high-rises as homes or workplaces as well.
If there is an elevator, put a PAD in the lobby and watch poor people save themselves. Safety is cheaper than a TBI for all concerned.
The continuing study of adjunct treatments for SCA; see also CPAP and the recent doubts about epinephrine
Evidently more AEDs should be in powered and networked enclosures – not bare.
Application of an AED in communities is associated with nearly a doubling of survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.