Untimely Medical Response and the Use of AED’s at Events

AED for special events

A failure to provide timely medical response at your facility or event can have devastating repercussions. Poor response times ultimately result in thousands of needless deaths a year. There has been great debate about the use of automated external defibrillators (AED’s). Automated external defibrillators are an important lifesaving technology and play an important role in treating workplace/guest cardiac arrest. According to general guidelines, shock should be given to the patient within two minutes of the heart stopping. When response was delayed past the two-minute mark, the patient’s chances of survival declined significantly.

A recent study suggests that communities with volunteers trained in CPR and the use of AED’s had twice as many victims survive compared to communities with volunteers trained only in CPR. Some hotels, resorts, and casinos discovered that AED’s enhance the value of their properties–strengthening guest and employee safety. Golf courses and sports stadiums are two of the top five most likely spots for cardiac arrest. Many airlines, train, ferry operations, and cruise lines currently have effective AED programs in place. Although sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, the odds skyrocket in busy locations such as airports, resorts and sporting venues. Pro-active facilities can play a vital role in implementing an AED program, ultimately saving lives and making a difference.

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Brian D. Avery has over twenty five years of experience in the events, tourism and attractions industry. His background is comprised of three areas of expertise: risk and safety management, event design and execution, and education. Brian routinely is asked to speak on the topic of event and attraction safety and provide expert testimony.
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