The Importance of Early Defibrillation

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system of the heart malfunctions and becomes very irregular. The only corrective treatment is electrical defibrillation and time to application is critical since the chance of survival declines by 7% to 10% per minute. Effective CPR can increase the amount of time until a defibrillator arrives, but alone it can not restore a normal heart rhythm.

Unfortunately EMS can seldom arrive in time to meaningfully affect a victim’s chance of survival. Consequently, the availability of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) used by lay responders has become the expected standard of care for many organizations – for some it is a legal mandate.

AED Use

AEDs require minimal training and have been shown to be life-saving and reliable if properly employed and maintained. Failure of the device is rare and almost always associated with operator error or a lack of routine maintenance. Unfortunately, those events have often resulted in costly negligent liability actions and demonstrate a need for responsible program management. Operator error is less likely if the device has been well maintained and the qualified user has had recurrent training and is familiar with the device by performing daily ready status checks of both the AED and its associated support equipment.

Federal Regulatory Requirements

Federal regulations require medical management of an AED and provide guidelines for their purchase, deployment, and use in a non-healthcare setting. Simply providing an AED and certifying staff in its use will not meet these regulatory requirements or in the event of litigation, the expectation of the court for proper program management.

Working with you to manage your AED program

Using our proprietary and secure web enabled system, an experienced program specialist will work with you to help ensure that your organization remains compliant with all regulatory demands and that any device you are responsible for will be properly maintained and ready for immediate use. Automatic notification will remind you of battery and electrode pad expiration, and the need for re-certification of all qualified users. And our on-line CPR/AED training review will provide your staff with continuous familiarity with all procedures so that your organization is prepared in the event a sudden cardiac arrest should occur.

Let Risk Watch Systems remove your uncertainty and concern about this important medical device by providing a complete and comprehensive one stop solution that brings experienced implementation and qualified oversight to your AED program.

AED

“AEDs require minimal training and have been shown to be life-saving and reliable if properly employed and maintained.”

Comprehensive Planning and Support

  • CPR/AED Action Plan
  • AED selection, placement and security
  • Device maintenance and usage history
  • Ready status inspection
  • Qualified user identification
  • Automatic expiration notification
  • On-line training review
  • Data and Record Keeping