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Five Most Common Excuses for Not Getting An AED

Five Most Common Excuses for Not Getting An AED

Thinking about purchasing AED and still haven’t done so? Take a look at some of the common reasons why people delay adding AEDs to their safety programs. We’ve debunked some of the most frequently heard myths:

 1.  EMS is around the corner

In reality, the average response time for EMS to arrive in a populated area such as Pinellas County is 5 minutes from the time you call to your front door. By the time they set up and defibrillate, it is easily over 8 minutes from the onset of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Brain damage can occur in victims in as little as 4 to 6 minutes. If the nearest station is out on another call, it can possibly take 15 minutes to get help. Immediate action can make all the difference!



2.  AEDs are too expensive

Not anymore.  You can own a top-quality Philips OnSite AED for as little as $1,200 with an 8-year warranty.  Including the replacement pads and batteries, the cost is only about $250 a year.  It is a small price to pay to have a life-saving device nearby.

3.  We’re afraid of liability

No need to worry! Florida adopted the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act to protect those that purchase an AED and those that use an AED. The Good Samaritan Act protects those who are issuing emergency care in good faith.

 Lay people using an AED

4.  We’re afraid it will hurt someone

AEDs are designed to be safe and easy to use. Voice and text commands guide you through the process. You cannot accidentally shock someone. They will only charge to shock if someone is in a life threatening ventricular fibrillation heart rhythm.

 5. We don’t need one – it won’t happen to us

With approximately 383,000 people going into Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year, resulting in 13% of all workplace deaths, don’t let your organization become another statistic.


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