Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are essential for any facility that caters to the public or to at-risk individuals, but it’s not enough simply to have AEDs on the premises. AED placement is critical because immediate accessibility can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. Consider these facts:
- Up to 90% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest sufferers die before arriving at the hospital.
- The quick use of an AED is the only way to significantly increase a patient’s chance of survival
- If an AED is used within one minute of collapse, the patient’s odds of survival can increase by as much as 90%
- With each minute that passes without defibrillation, the patient’s chances of survival decline by about 10%.
This is why properly placing your AED device is important – the faster a responder is able to act, the more likely the patient survives.
We’ve created a simple, comprehensive AED Placement Guide to help you determine the optimal number and placement of your AEDs. Just answer a few simple questions, and our AED Placement Guide will provide you with the information you need, including:
- How many AEDs you should have at your facility
- How to determine the optimal locations for your AEDs
- How to estimate your AED retrieval time in an emergency
- How to ensure that your AEDs have no accessibility limitations
- The three most important qualities of AED cabinet placement
- How to locate the “intuitive” areas where a responder will most likely look for an AED in an emergency
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