Early Access to Defibrillation = A chance to SURVIVE!
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AED's are safe and easy to use!
- SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) is one of the leading causes of deaths in the U.S., 1 every 2 minutes.
- 90% SCA victims survive when treated with an AED during the first 3 minutes.
- The ONLY EFFECTIVE treatment for SCA is through defibrillation.
- AED’s are very easy to use.
- Puerto Rico will join states like Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Washington by empowering their police force with AED’s.
- Member volunteers of The American Red Cross are exempt from civil liability when assisting an emergency as rescuers, under the Good Samaritan Law, as stated in Law 127 of 1998 in Puerto Rico.
Law 141 (2008) requires AED’s to be installed in all public and private places (attending 200 people or more) in Puerto Rico.
What is Defibrillation?
- Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device gives an electric shock to the heart. This help restart normal contraction rhythms in a heart having dangerous arrhythmia or in cardiac arrest.
- Automatic External Defibrillator= AED (small portable defibrillator device)
- The AED is an intelligent device designed to analyze the electrical activity of the heart (heart rhythm) to determine if the person’s heart needs a shock.
How does an AED works?
- An AED is design to tell rescuers what to do when treating a victim. Rescuers attach adhesive electrode pads to the person’s chest and the device will only give the electric shock to the heart if the person needs it.
- Immediate CPR and easy access to an AED are critical for an SCA’s victim survival. For every minute that passes without CPR and AED the chances of survival decreases by 7 -10%.
- Early defibrillation significantly increases the victim’s chance of survival.