Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are becoming more and more common in American households and there is a good reason for it. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. So, should you consider having an AED in your home? Let’s find out.
Who Experiences Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
It may come as a surprise to learn that not all SCA attacks occur in adults. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation states, “While the average Sudden Cardiac Arrest victim is 60-years-old, SCA affects people of all ages—even children and teens. More than 7,000 youth (7,037) under the age of 18 experience SCA each year in the U.S.”
SCA can occur in people who appear to be healthy on the surface, but there could be underlying problems with inflammation of the heart or other heart abnormalities.
Purpose of AEDs
An AED is a portable device that can help restore a normal heart rhythm in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Having an AED device available in your home will allow you to be prepared for an emergency when every second counts.
According to KMS Medical, “Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are widespread in public and private areas where large groups congregate, such as airports, office buildings, shopping malls, and schools. An increasing number of AEDs, however, are also being purchased for use in private homes.”
Why Have an AED in Your Home?
The number of Cardiac Arrests that occur outside of the hospital is over 356,000. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation provides statistics explaining that “Sudden Cardiac Arrest outside hospitals occurs most often in a home or residence (68.5%), followed by public settings (21%) and nursing homes (10.5%).”
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a very serious emergency if a bystander does not intervene immediately. This is why so many people are deciding to buy a home defibrillator because Cardiac Arrest can be life-threatening. By having access to an AED, it can help save the life of a friend or family member.
If you have not considered putting a defibrillator in your home, we hope you are now. It is a matter of a life and a life and with an Automated External Defibrillator, you could save that life. For additional questions on home defibrillators, contact SOS Technologies today at 888.705.6100.