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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 [...]

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Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation was introduced in 2008 as a way to get lay people to act immediately upon witnessing a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Now, more than 10 years later, research shows that this might actually be the best course of action for untrained bystanders. To be better [...]

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AED maintenance requirements vary from state to state, and it’s essential to know what you’re required to do in order to remain compliant when owning one of these medical devices. The survival rates of cardiac arrest victims depend on it. To help you keep your AEDs emergency-ready and [...]

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Cardiomyopathy is a serious heart condition that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body, and it can be life-threatening. But while living with cardiomyopathy can be a daily challenge, there are ways to keep the condition under control and to continue living a full [...]