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The state of Florida has established a number of laws regarding automated external defibrillators (AEDs), with the goal of ensuring that these medical devices are always readily available in the event of a cardiac emergency. These life-saving devices are required in many public high schools, [...]

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AED training requirements have been established in several states to make AED use more effective. Typically, this instruction is required for people who are likely to be present during an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. AED training covers CPR techniques as well as the correct use of an external [...]

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A church first aid policy is essential for congregations large and small. You never know when an injury or illness may occur on your watch, and you don’t want to be caught off guard when it happens. But creating an effective first aid plan involves much more than just investing in some gauze [...]

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Can you use child AED pads on an adult? The question comes up fairly often. For instance, what if your adult pads are about to expire and you’re left with just your pediatric set? Or what if your only set of adult pads failed during a cardiac emergency (such as by not adhering to the patient’s [...]

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Choosing the optimal location for your automated external defibrillator (AED) is critical. AEDs only save lives when they are easy to find and can be used within 3 minutes of a collapse. The survival rates for cardiac arrest decrease by 10% for each minute that passes without emergency medical [...]

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A familiarity with AED service requirements is essential for anyone who owns or manages a portable defibrillator. Proper servicing ensures that the AED is always operable at a moment’s notice; it also helps to ensure that you get the maximum lifespan from your device. Certain aspects of AED [...]

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Placing AED pads correctly is essential for ensuring that the defibrillator works properly and preventing undue harm to the patient. The correct placement varies between children and adults, though, and there are some unique situations where the general rules don’t apply. Adult Pad [...]