Any idea what the leading cause of death is in the United States? No, it isn’t Cancer. Try Heart Disease, specifically Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Over 1000 people per day fall victim to SCA. It doesn’t play favorites either. SCA can strike any age, any time.
So, it makes sense that an A.E.D. (automated external defibrillator ) should be visible just about everywhere, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. A.E.D.s are simple to use, provide voice prompts and give the victim of SCA a better chance of survival. So, why don’t we see more of them besides the mall and the airport?
Simply put, there is a fear of responsibility and knowledge of how simple an A.E.D. is to operate. Today’s A.E.D. is designed with the layperson or infrequent responder in mind. Although a CPR class, (an important component of SCA survival) will teach you how to use an A.E.D., there is also peace of mind that anyone can turn on an A.E.D. and follow the simple voice prompts guiding you through the whole process.