The NFPA and ICC both rejected Elevaed’s proposals to place AEDs in high rises. In retrospect, block paramedicine is a superior strategy, with much wider promise.
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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.
If a pulse is not restored before EMS transport, additional efforts at the receiving hospital almost invariably fail.
Given our overweight and aging boomer generation, expect life safety to emerge as a welcome and affordable concept.
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.
Living or working in a high-rise just about eliminates your chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.
As we look around for fresh ideas in the cardiac advocacy realm, there are some novel and promising concepts out there.
The surgeons and firefighters who worked on me all say the key item in surviving a Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the availability of a defibrillator within 2 or 3 minutes.
More people die each year from SCA than the number who die from colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, auto accidents, AIDS, firearms, and house fires COMBINED.
Public-access defibrillation with AEDs is being implemented in many countries with considerable financial implications.
In large cities traffic and access to building complexes are serious obstacles to SCA rescue vehicles. On-site AEDs and elevators are a lasting and obvious solution.
Police dispatchers handle more AED calls than any other agency, and pinpointing which ones are true SCA’s is difficult.