Much like fire, cardiac issues are critical incidents which require immediate attention. An event which impacts how someone’s heart is functioning is certainly life threatening, and in fact, less than 10% of those who experience these sorts of events outside of a hospital setting survive. People in distress who do not receive vital CPR when needed are much more likely to succumb to the event than those who do not. Further, those who receive intervention through the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in combination with CPR are 7 – 10% more likely to survive than those who receive only CPR.
AEDs have become crucial life saving devices, and this is recognized through the proliferation of public-access AED units throughout many public areas – pools, gyms, workplaces, airports, sports fields… many different organizations and municipalities have recognized the need to have these units in place in the event that there is a cardiac emergency.
However, even with these units in place, the most important action that can happen is that emergency services are dispatched immediately to the scene of the event so that trained medical personnel can begin their life saving procedures on the victim. Much like what can happen in a fire, a cardiac event is a very hectic and stressful time, and not everyone thinks clearly in these situations. Calling 9-1-1 might not be the first thing to happen as people race to perform CPR and, yes, grab the nearest AED.
To help ensure the prompt notification of emergency personnel, FMC can monitor AED units for their activation, and upon receipt of an activation signal, promptly dispatch the appropriate emergency personnel. Early intervention in these events is crucial, and FMC can assist in ensuring the notification of emergency personnel every single time an AED unit is needed.
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